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'Shadow zones' confound accurate reporting on Ebola virus
'Shadow zones' confound accurate reporting on Ebola virus

The true number of Ebola virus cases in West Africa has been underestimated partly because of the existence of "shadow zones" and the hiding of sick individuals by family members, according to the World Health Organization. In a statement issued by the United Nations health agency on Friday, officials listed several reasons why authorities have been unable to accurately calculate the magnitude of the outbreak. The list included the existence of shadow zones, or small villages where rumors of an outbreak could not be investigated because of "community resistance" or lack of staff or vehicles. "Many families hide infected loved ones in their homes," the...

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