(New Scientist) The West African Ebola outbreak killed almost twice as many people as we thought, by diverting resources from illnesses such as malaria, HIV and tuberculosis.
Current figures suggest 11,316 people died from Ebola during the outbreak. But a further 10,623 people are calculated to have died from other diseases thanks to the outbreak's impact on local healthcare.
"While it's essential for resources to be targeted at a public health emergency like Ebola, it's important to consider the indirect impacts of the outbreak as well," says Martial Ndeffo-Mbah of the Yale School of Public Health, who led this analysis.
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