Ebola's True Toll Is Still Untallied As Another Deadly Fever Looms

November 11, 2014 9:38 PM

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Ebola's True Toll Is Still Untallied As Another Deadly Fever Looms

Dr. Ross Donaldson recalls traveling around the Sierra Leone city of Kenema a decade ago, "telling people not to eat rats."

The multimammate rat, which is ubiquitous in sub-Saharan Africa, can carry a deadly hemorrhagic illness akin to Ebola, known as Lassa fever. Yet for many residents of the impoverished region, the animal remains a staple food.

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