Why Can’t We Stop Ebola?

If Ebola continues to spread, the CDC estimates that the virus may infect up to 1.4 million people in West Africa by 2015. Why is Ebola proving so hard to contain? Can we stop this alarming prediction from happening?

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Ebola’s Predecessors: What These Five Epidemics Can Teach Us
“These five worldwide epidemics provide lessons for how society can respond to Ebola and future outbreaks.”

Center for Disease Control and Prevention: Estimating the Future Number of Cases in the Ebola Epidemic Liberia and Sierra Leone, 2014-2015
“The first cases of the current West African epidemic of Ebola virus disease (hereafter referred to as Ebola) were reported on March 22, 2014, with a report of 49 cases in Guinea. By August 31, 2014, a total of 3,685 probable, confirmed, and suspected cases in West Africa had been reported.”

Ebola Virus Disease in West Africa – The First 9 Months of the Epidemic and Forward Projections
“On March 23, 2014, the World Health Organization (WHO) was notified of an outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in Guinea. On August 8, the WHO declared the epidemic to be a “public health emergency of international concern.””

Ebola Lockdown in Sierra Leone Finds 150 New Cases
“A three-day lockdown meant to contain the Ebola virus in Sierra Leone ended late Sunday night with officialshailing it as a “huge success” after health workers found almost 100 victims who perished from the disease and another 56 who have been infected.”

Why Liberians Thought Ebola Was a Government Scam to Attract Western Aid
“The Ebola outbreak in West Africa, which has swept through Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nigeria, has killed nearly 2,500 people since it was first identified in the region in December 2013. But when the Ebola virus hit the coastal city of Monrovia, Liberia, it sent crisis responders into a new level of panic.”

Seven reasons why this Ebola epidemic spun out of control
“If you’d asked public-health experts a year ago whether an Ebola outbreak could turn into an epidemic spread across borders, they probably would have confidently told you that there was no way: the virus isn’t transmitted very easily, and people usually get so sick and die so quickly, it has little opportunity to infect a new host.”

The Ebola outbreak’s real cause: Letting industry drive the research agenda
“It’s been nearly 40 years since the discovery of Ebola, yet we’re dealing with its deadliest outbreak in history and one that is four times larger the first.”

US Department of Labor Safety and Health Topics: Ebola

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