NYT's Ebola Coverage Wins International Reporting Pulitzer
The team documented how experts mistakenly thought the epidemic in West Africa had been halted last year, but the outbreak continued and has claimed more than 10,700 lives in Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia.
A team of four New York Times reporters won the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting on Monday for their December 2014 investigation of the ongoing Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Kevin Sack, Sheri Fink, Pam Belluck, and Adam Nossiter documented how infectious disease experts mistakenly thought the epidemic in West Africa had been halted last year. But the outbreak continued. As of April 18, 2015, it has claimed more than 10,700 lives in Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia, CDC reports.
WHO's latest report says 37 confirmed cases of Ebola virus disease were reported in the week ending April 12, compared with 30 the previous week. Case incidence in Guinea increased to 28, compared with 21 confirmed cases the prior week, and Sierra Leone reported nine confirmed cases, the same total as in the previous week. Liberia reported no confirmed cases.
Of 55 districts in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone that have reported at least one confirmed case of Ebola virus disease since the start of the outbreak, 39 have not reported a case for more than weeks, according to WHO.
WHO works with local governments to identify and trace people with Ebola, care for Ebola patients, and ensure safe burials and infection prevention and control, while striving to prevent outbreaks in any new country.
The Seattle Times won the breaking news Pulitzer for its coverage of the Oso landslide. Forty-three people died in the March 2014 slide.