Going from Monrovia, Liberia to Belgium to New York meant enduring power outages, fever checks, Ebola questionnaires, and the hallway from hell. But the hysteria that dominated America's view of Ebola and the open disdain for travelers from the hard-hit region that was the norm in the United States in late October have yielded to what seems a very rational, smart way of keeping track of returnees
Laurie Garrett offers a masterful account of the 1995 Ebola outbreak in Zaire, and argues these lessons learned must be applied to solve the Ebola crisis of 2014 and to understand one of mankind's most mysterious, malicious scourges.
Some 600 angry Ebola workers surrounded Liberia's Ministry of Health Monday demanding back pay dating from early September. The ministry employees who track down anyone who may have come into contact with an Ebola victim -- a critical process called contact tracing -- have never received a dime.
Janine Davidson, publishing in Defense One, evaluates the role of the U.S. Air Force in containing the Ebola virus. It is Air Force transportation and logistical capabilities that have provided the foundation for the entire effort.
In the absence of credible, strong political leadership, paranoia about disease can go viral. Laurie Garrett and Maxine Builder explain how false fears and suspicions are the enemies when it comes to disease prevention in this op-ed for the Los Angeles Times.
In this article for ForeignPolicy.com, Laurie Garrett compares how China finally stopped SARS in 2003 inside its vast territory to options for halting the spread of Ebola in West Africa. Garrett reported on the SARS epidemic, so some firsthand observations and photos are provided.
The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has reportedly claimed close to 4,000 lives, and World Health Organization officials believe the true death toll could be far higher. An international response — including U.S. military personnel, as well as assistance from several other countries and nongovernmental organizations — has begun, yet global concern about the virus is spreading. How worried should we be? What are the risks? In the Washington Post, Laurie Garrett debunks five common myths about the current Ebola outbreak.
Writing in Defense One, Janine Davidson pushes back against criticism of the U.S. military’s deployment to Liberia to help fight the Ebola virus. In fact, she argues, the U.S. military is the institution best equipped to overcome this challenge.
As American politicians encourage the use of fever checks at airports and travel bans to stem the global spread of Ebola, Laurie Garrett argues these interventions will not work. Instead, more resources need to be devoted to developing a rapid point-of-care diagnostic that can find Ebola in a single droplet of blood.
Yanzhong Huang notes the limited public health infrastructure in certain West African countries that are currently battling the spread of Ebola, which is a similar phenomenon to that which occurred in China during the 2003 SARS outbreak. Dr. Huang stresses the importance of foreign aid, particularly Chinese funds, to slow the spread of Ebola but points out that dependence on foreign aid is ultimately an unsustainable public health strategy.
Obama called the world to action against Ebola, but most countries are only paying lip service to the coming catastrophe. Laurie Garrett asks two questions about this newly announced war on Ebola in this article for ForeignPolicy.com: Will personnel and resources reach West Africa rapidly enough to dam the viral flow, and will the nations of the world learn from this disaster to build institutions and long-term targets that prevent pandemics in the future?
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