How A Liberian Rubber Plant Prevented Ebola Spread

October 22, 2014 3:42 PM

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The rate of Ebola cases in one part of Liberia, where a certain rubber tree plantation operates, is far lower than in other parts of the country, suggesting that the strategies the company uses to reduce transmission of the virus could be useful elsewhere, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The company, Firestone Liberia, Inc., has operated the plantation since 1926, and the company-run hospital provides health services to plant's employees and their family members, a total of about 80,000 people.

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