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After Ebola, Cholera?

Not far from the epicenter of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, a growing number of cases of cholera have spread. If these two contagious diseases overlap, it could be a catastrophe.

Hazmat-suited workers fighting Ebola in Unification Town, Liberia on Aug. 30
Hazmat-suited workers fighting Ebola in Unification Town, Liberia on Aug. 30
Renaud Piarroux*

MARSEILLE — Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, the three West African countries hardest hit by the Ebola outbreak, are considered vulnerable to another contagious disease, cholera, especially during the rainy season, which lasts through November.

The last serious cholera epidemic, in 2012, seems to have been spread by the travels of fishermen along the coasts of these countries. It affected 30,000 and killed 400 in Guinea and Sierra Leone.

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