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[Editorial] Ebola: lessons for future pandemics

At the time of writing, hopes that the devastating west African Ebola outbreak was finally coming to its end were diminished by the recent confirmation of three new cases of the disease in Liberia. The country had previously been declared Ebola free on Sept 3—followed by Sierra Leone on Nov 7 and Guinea on Nov 19. The outbreak, which killed more than 11 000 people and infected at least 28 000, is the largest of its kind and a stark reminder of the fragility of health security in an interdependent world.

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