The growth of slums in the developing world’s rapidly expanding cities is creating new opportunities for infectious disease

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The growth of slums in the developing world’s rapidly expanding cities is creating new opportunities for infectious disease to flourish and spread.

As Lee Riley read article after article about the deadly 2014 Ebola outbreak, his frustration mounted. “I was seeing all of these newspaper reports and even scientific reports talking about this unprecedented epidemic in West Africa,” says Riley, a specialist in urban public health at the University of California, Berkeley, “and there wasn’t a single mention of the words ‘slums’ or ‘informal settlements’.”

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