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The violence poses “a great threat to containing the spread of the Ebola virus,” it said, by hindering efforts to trace those coming in contact with the virus and heightening the risk that it spreads.

“The violence is directly connected to the inability to get the epidemic under control,” said Leonard Rubenstein, chairman of the coalition and faculty member at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

“It’s an unrecognized problem,” he told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. “Anybody concerned with global health needs to … recognize what a threat this is to people all around the world and to us as well when epidemics can’t be stopped because of violence.”

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