WSU Tip Sheet and Story Ideas: Ebola Update

Ebola outbreak in Gabon: The World Health Organization announced last week that it is gearing up to fight an outbreak of the Ebola virus in Gabon. It is the world’s first documented outbreak of Ebola since last year’s deadly outbreak in Uganda, which claimed 224 lives. Washington State University anthropologist Barry Hewlett knows what it is like to be on the front lines of an Ebola outbreak in Africa and how culture effects treatment of the disease. Hewlett was the first American anthropologist invited to join a WHO emergency medical team from 2000 to 2001 to contain an Ebola outbreak in Uganda . He also conducted ethnographic field research during the 1996-97 Gabon Ebola outbreak. Call Barry Hewlett at (360) 546-9449,