Where do we stand on Ebola?

Have a new article up at Slate. Nine months into the worst-ever Ebola outbreak, here’s where we stand.


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  2. #2 Reader
    United States
    September 24, 2014

    Please post a link. I find several Ebola articles but none with your byline. Or are you pointing out an article authored by another? Thanks!

  3. #3 G
    September 24, 2014

    Good article, if “good” is a word that can be used in this context.

    BTW, news from someone at Daily Kos in comments: Glaxo is testing a vaccine in England. IMHO if the vax works, we’re on our way to beating the virus. Not a moment too soon.

  4. #5 jane
    September 24, 2014

    I had seen this and thought it was a good article, without noticing that you had written it. The CDC’s predictions, which assume that cases are being grossly underestimated, imply R0 values quite a bit higher than WHO’s already worrisome figures. Of course, like calculations of genetic vs. environmental variation, such numbers are entirely dependent on the nature of the environment. An American patient would do much less spreading of virus since he doesn’t have to get to the hospital in a taxi with ten people in it, and the hospital workers have gloves. But one group of authors is still out there this week saying that the R0 for Ebola is less than 1 based primarily on previous outbreaks, even as it becomes very obvious that it’s much higher now. At what point is it reasonable to start wondering if the virus is mutating towards more efficient transmissibility?

  5. #6 intercostal
    October 1, 2014

    OK, I hacve a feeling this is a really silly question, but…

    If Ebola is in blood, can mosquitoes spread it? I’ve never heard of regular blood-borne diseases (as opposed to specifically insect spread stuff like malaria) spreading that way… but why isn’t it equivalent to “sharing needles”? Is the mosquito mouth too small for a blood drop to stick to?

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