Bloody Hell! Ebola.

Oh dear. Please, Ebola, don’t come to Mali! And please, friends in the region, be informed and help educate others about best practices, so we can help stop the spread of this monster!

six degrees north

Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). Formerly known as Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever (EHF). Currently enjoying its worst season ever (for people, not the virus) in West Africa, with over 800 infections and over 500 deaths in 100 days since March 23.

800 infections in 100 days doesn’t sound like much and I’m no epidemiologist. But surely the measure of control of an outbreak is the rates of new infections? Below is a graph based on the WHO Global Alert and Response (GAR) data. The simplest grasp of the graph shows that at this time, the virus is winning. And starting to win exponentially! Case in point – in the last 2 days, the total number of fatalities has risen by more than 10%. 31% of all deaths have occurred in the last two week. The outbreak was centered on Guinea, in a district immediately bordering Sierra Leone and Liberia. The…

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2 thoughts on “Bloody Hell! Ebola.

  1. Hi Megan, Thanks for the reblog. It is terrifying indeed. last week someone died from a haemooragic fever a few blocks from our house. The media reported with relief that is was not ebola. but no mention of what is actually was…hardly comforting news. Also, I really enjoyed your last post on Ghana, and your thoughts about upset tummies…I think your muslim 5 x day washing/no upset tummies in Muslim countries comment is really interesting. Even though we live in a pretty big bubble in Ghana, even 2.5 years later we still get “yucky guts” as my kids call it.

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    • Thanks Chris! There definitely isn’t much comfort in a non-ebola haemorrhagic fever, is there?

      I really enjoy reading your blog too. Good luck with the yucky guts 🙂

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