NIKIFORUK: Ebola Outbreak: Lessons from the Hot Zone

NIKIFORUK: Ebola Outbreak: Lessons from the Hot Zone

Postby Oscar » Wed Sep 10, 2014 6:25 pm

NIKIFORUK: Ebola Outbreak: Lessons from the Hot Zone

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Globalization, deforestation, explosive growth, bats. This terrible epidemic has many technicians.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, September 10, 2014

Just after Anthony Fauci, director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, called the ebola outbreak "completely out of control," the government of Sierra Leone ordered its citizens to stay indoors for three days.

By any measure, ebola has turned one of the world's poorest geographies into a veritable hot zone.

In Liberia, a poor nation of 4.5 million people, the epidemic is growing in an "essentially uncontrolled exponential manner."

Dr. Joanne Liu, international president of Médecins sans Frontières (MSF), now says "the world is losing the battle to contain it."

This nasty epidemic, which dispatches more than 50 per cent of its victims, should not be dismissed as some remote African horror story. The death toll is most recently about 2,300 and climbing.

It has highlighted key pest-fighting challenges for rich and poor alike, and offers some sobering insights on a number of other fronts, including globalization, bats, deforestation, unsustainable population growth and the limits to institutionalized global medicine.


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