The Ebola outbreak at 1 year: Doctors report hopeful signs, better survival in Sierra Leone

December 24, 2014 10:05 PM

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The Ebola outbreak at 1 year: Doctors report hopeful signs, better survival in Sierra Leone

One year into the world's worst Ebola outbreak, doctors are reporting an encouraging sign: About 70 percent of patients in a hard-hit area of Sierra Leone now survive.

The Ebola death rate has fallen even though there are no specific medicines or vaccines to fight the virus. The outbreak began last December in the West African country of Guinea, but it wasn't recognized until last spring. There have been nearly 20,000 cases and more than 7,500 deaths, mostly in Li...

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