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Lessons From NYC's TB Outbreak Could Help Manage Ebola

30 years ago, tuberculosis ripped through New York City's low-income neighborhoods. The experience could translate to Lagos, Nigeria, as it struggles to battle Ebola.
A boy's temperature is recorded at an airport in Nigeria.
A boy's temperature is recorded at an airport in Nigeria.Reuters/Afolandi Sotunde

“It does look like a gargantuan powder keg for infectious disease."

That’s how one health official describes the situation in Lagos, Nigeria, Africa’s largest city, where new infections of the Ebola virus have recently been detected. “[Lagos] is massive—21 million people with a massive population density,” says Dr. J. Stephen Morrison from the Global Health Policy Center at the Center for Strategic and International Studies