Why Can't We Stop Ebola?

The Ebola virus, if untreated, is estimated to infect 1.4 million people in West Africa by January of 2015. This contagious disease is spreading at a concerning rate, which begs the questions: how exactly did it get this bad? And why can't we stop it?

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Center for Disease Control and Prevention: Estimating the Future Number of Cases in the Ebola Epidemic Liberia and Sierra Leone, 2014-2015 (via Centers for Disease Control)
"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 (via The New England Journal of Medicine)
"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 (via Time)
"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 (via The Nation)
"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 (via Vox)
"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 (via Vox)
"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 (via United States Department of Labor)

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