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Countries like Nigeria affected by Ebola have launched campaigns to curb the consumption of bushmeat like fruit bats. Shutterstock

How an Ebola campaign in Nigeria discouraged bushmeat consumption

Consuming bushmeat is thought to have contributed to the outbreak of Ebola in west Africa. Countries in the region are trying to slow down consumption.
Pregnant women in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia were faced with the double fear of dying from Ebola as well during childbirth. UNMEER/Flickr

Zika and Ebola had a much worse effect on women: we need more research to address this in future

We found that less than 1% of published research papers around the time of both outbreaks, that related to the outbreaks, actually explored their gendered impact.
Patients in a hospice in Myanmar. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun

Brexit and Trump are bad for our health

Increasing isolation threatens global health. International cooperation is critical to fighting diseases that will not respect borders.
A woman looks at a CDC health advisory sign about Zika at Miami International Airport Carlo Allegri/Reuters

US response to Zika: Fragmented and uneven

Politics, not epidemiology or medicine, drives government responses to disease. Politicians are the ultimate decision-makers in public health, and they must respond to political forces.
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What will it take to reduce infections in the hospital?

Thousands of people acquire infections while hospitalized. Many are caused by urinary catheters, a routine part of a hospital stay. But cutting back on their usage can lower infection rates.
Magazine Wharf: home to some of Freetown’s hardest-hit Ebola survivors. UK Department for International Development

Hospital life in Sierra Leone after Ebola

After the Ebola outbreak claimed the lives of thousands across West Africa – Tom Solomon returns to talk to those still working in the aftermath.

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