Tag: #africa

The True Size of the Ebola Epidemic in West Africa

One of the best skills I learned from my dad is how to read a map. I can hold it every which way and understand the layout of landmarks in it. When I drove from Texas up to Pennsylvania, before the advent of smartphones and consumer GPS units, I bought a road atlas from Walmart and used it to guide…

A measles outbreak that makes the Disneyland measles outbreak look like a trip to Disneyland

From Reuters: “A measles outbreak in the copper-mining Katanga province in the Democratic Republic of Congo has killed 315 people and infected at least 20,000, the United Nations said on Wednesday. Hundreds more deaths have likely not been documented due to difficulties accessing remote areas, The U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in a draft report…

Forget about Ebola in the United States. Focus on Africa.

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Ebola continues to spread just slightly slower than fear

The outbreak of Ebola in West Africa continues to spread. With over 3,000 cases and 1,552 reported deaths (as of August 31, 2014), the seriousness of the outbreak cannot be ignored. While Ebola Zaire is the one causing this outbreak, additional cases of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo are raising fears that the contagion is spreading, even as scientists have…

Ebola is in the United States, now what?

The fascination with Ebola continues, and it has reached a fever pitch (no pun intended) now that Americans with it are being brought to the US for treatment. Everyone who knows nothing about Ebola is convinced that bringing those Americans back will trigger an epidemic here. This is very unlikely, and, if we check the numbers, we have bigger things to worry about.