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In this photo provide by MSF, Médecins sans frontières (Doctors Without Borders), taken on Friday, March 28, 2014, health-care workers prepare isolation and treatment areas for their ebola operations, in Gueckedou, Guinea.
In this photo provide by MSF, Médecins sans frontières (Doctors Without Borders), taken on Friday, March 28, 2014, health-care workers prepare isolation and treatment areas for their ebola operations, in Gueckedou, Guinea.
(Kjell Gunnar Beraas/Associated Press)

GEOFFREY YORK

Why this Ebola outbreak is a warning sign

One of the most frightening mysteries of Africa’s latest Ebola outbreak is how the virus seems to have jumped from its traditional home in Central Africa to an entirely new region in West Africa, nearly 2,000 kilometres away.

The answer may give significant clues to environmental and economic trends in Africa, where dramatic changes – including massive deforestation – have been accelerating in recent years with little attention paid to the consequences.