Thursday, September 25, 2014

Referral: How Ebola Started, Spread & Spiralled Out Of Control

 

 

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From Ian Mackay, Katherine Arden  & science writer Heather Lander we’ve a terrific overview of how the Ebola outbreak evolved in West Africa, published today in The Conversation.   With a line up like that, there’s nothing for me to do but step aside and invite you to follow the link below to read:

 

25 September 2014, 5.41am BST

How Ebola started, spread and spiralled out of control

Too slow. Too little, too late. Unprecedented. Out of control. These are just some of the descriptors for the biggest recorded epidemic of human infection by an ebolavirus. The question by some is how…

 

West African health-care workers are overworked and under-equipped to deal with the outbreak. European Commission DG ECHO/Flickr, CC BY-NC-ND

Too slow. Too little, too late. Unprecedented. Out of control. These are just some of the descriptors for the biggest recorded epidemic of human infection by an ebolavirus.

The question by some is how this happened? As of this writing, 5,347 people are suspected or known to be infected (an undoubted underestimate) in Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Nigeria and Senegal. And 2,630 have died.

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1 comment:

Eileen O'Brien said...

This fascinating article, "Hell in the Hot Zone," in the current issue of Vanity Fair also describes the start of the Ebola outbreak: http://www.vanityfair.com/politics/2014/10/ebola-virus-epidemic-containment