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From Guinea to Dallas: Tracing the Ebola threat
From Guinea to Dallas: Tracing the Ebola threat

It began in a village deep in the forests of southeastern Guinea, when a 2-year-old boy named Emile developed a mysterious illness. Nothing, it seemed, could stem the child's fever and vomiting, and he died within days. A week later, the illness killed his 3-year-old sister, then his mother, grandmother and a house guest. The grandmother consulted a nurse before she died. Friends and family gathered for her funeral, and soon the illness was spreading down rutted dirt tracks to other villages and towns. Local health officials were alarmed, but it would take nearly three months from the boy's death in December to identify the culprit: the dreaded Ebola virus. By then, the...

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