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Plagues of Prejudice

In December 1899 Honolulu-based physicians attributed two deaths to bubonic plague, and a local paper duly announced that the ‘scourge of the Orient’ had arrived. Within months a first plague fatality was reported in continental U.S. as Chinese-American Chick Gin (Wing Chung Ging or Wong Chut King depending on the transliteration) succumbed to the disease in San Francisco. The cause of death was based on a classic plague symptom of swelling around the groin, but was disputed even after rudimentary bacterial analysis.

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The Politics behind the Ebola Crisis

West Africa is still paying the price for its poor response to the Ebola epidemic. Where an early response could have prevented the worst, failures on all levels allowed Ebola to spread, exposing a deep rift between the population and political class of the countries affected. Unless all actors learn from the crisis, a similar disaster may be just a matter of time.

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Engaging with National Authorities: Médecins Sans Frontières’s experience in Guinea during the Ebola epidemic

The  Ebola  epidemic  continues  to  be  instructive.  This  was  indeed  the  conclusion  of  the  "Focus"  on  this subject  in  our  inaugural  issue:  the  magnitude  of  this  unprecedented  crisis,  its  failures  and  successes, required  that  there  were  lessons  to  be  learned.  This  is  what  Marc  Poncin,  the  former  coordinator  for Doct

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Treating, Containing, Mobilizing: The Role of Médecins Sans Frontières in the West African Ebola Epidemic Response

With 28,639 cases and 11,316 deaths, the 2014–2016 Ebola epidemic in West Africa stunned the world, revealing the global health community’s collective shortcomings in the face of a virulent and deadly disease. It was also among the largest responses in MSF’s history with more than 5,000 staff deployed to care for patients and help contain the outbreak.

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Experimental Treatment with Favipiravir for Ebola Virus Disease (the JIKI Trial): A Historically Controlled, Single-Arm Proof-of-Concept Trial in Guinea

Ebola virus disease (EVD) is a highly lethal condition for which no specific treatment has proven efficacy. In September 2014, while the Ebola outbreak was at its peak, the World Health Organization released a short list of drugs suitable for EVD research. Favipiravir, an antiviral developed for the treatment of severe influenza, was one of these. In late 2014, the conditions for starting a randomized Ebola trial were not fulfilled for two reasons.

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