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An outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus has raged in Africa for over a year. Despite heroic efforts by health care workers, the disease continues to claim lives and there are fears that it could now spread more widely. Suspicions, uncertainties and opportunism are hindering efforts to combat this horrific disease. The world must do more to combat this outbreak and prevent future ones.

Last Sunday, a Japanese woman who recently returned from a visit to Congo tested negative for Ebola infection — which was suspected when she suffered from high fever upon her return. The government here is stepping up efforts to contain infections at the border.

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