Monday, August 11, 2014

WHO on Containing Ebola

The World Health Organization has a release on the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The upshot seems to be that, while containing the outbreak is difficult in Africa, it should be containable elsewhere.
The outbreak of Ebola virus disease in west Africa continues to evolve in alarming ways, with no immediate end in sight. Many barriers stand in the way of rapid containment....

...Fear has spread well beyond west Africa, leading some to suggest that imported cases, also in wealthy countries, could ignite widespread infections in the general population. In countries with well-developed health systems, such a scenario is highly unlikely, given the epidemiology of the Ebola virus and experiences in past outbreaks.
Still:
the possible consequences of further international spread are particularly serious in view of the virulence of the virus, the intensive community and health facility transmission patterns, and the weak health systems in the currently affected and most at-risk countries;

More here.

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