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The largest and deadliest outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) began on 2 December 2013 when a 2-year-old child developed an illness characterized by fever, black stools, and vomiting in a town called Meliandou, Guinea—a remote and sparsely populated village of 31 households approximately 20 miles from the borders of Liberia and Sierra Leone ( ). The exact source of infection is unclear but likely involved contact with an infected animal. The child died on the 5th day of his illness ( ).

Citation: Varkey J, Ribner B. 2016. Preparing for Serious Communicable Diseases in the United States: What the Ebola Virus Epidemic Has Taught Us, p 39-52. In Scheld W, Hughes J, Whitley R (ed), Emerging infections 10. ASM Press, Washington, DC. doi: 10.1128/microbiolspec.EI10-0011-2016
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Citation: Varkey J, Ribner B. 2016. Preparing for Serious Communicable Diseases in the United States: What the Ebola Virus Epidemic Has Taught Us, p 39-52. In Scheld W, Hughes J, Whitley R (ed), Emerging infections 10. ASM Press, Washington, DC. doi: 10.1128/microbiolspec.EI10-0011-2016
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Factors contributing to 2013–2015 Ebola outbreak ( )

Citation: Varkey J, Ribner B. 2016. Preparing for Serious Communicable Diseases in the United States: What the Ebola Virus Epidemic Has Taught Us, p 39-52. In Scheld W, Hughes J, Whitley R (ed), Emerging infections 10. ASM Press, Washington, DC. doi: 10.1128/microbiolspec.EI10-0011-2016
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WHO’s agenda for change ( )

Citation: Varkey J, Ribner B. 2016. Preparing for Serious Communicable Diseases in the United States: What the Ebola Virus Epidemic Has Taught Us, p 39-52. In Scheld W, Hughes J, Whitley R (ed), Emerging infections 10. ASM Press, Washington, DC. doi: 10.1128/microbiolspec.EI10-0011-2016
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Emergency medical services and emergency department preparedness

Citation: Varkey J, Ribner B. 2016. Preparing for Serious Communicable Diseases in the United States: What the Ebola Virus Epidemic Has Taught Us, p 39-52. In Scheld W, Hughes J, Whitley R (ed), Emerging infections 10. ASM Press, Washington, DC. doi: 10.1128/microbiolspec.EI10-0011-2016

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