Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Good Ebola Website from The Economist

This is also quoted from the website:
The World Health Organisation estimates that Liberia needs just under 3,000 treatment beds for Ebola; its current capacity is 620. The United States, which suffered its first Ebola fatality on October 8th, has 245 doctors per 100,000 people; Guinea has ten. The particular vulnerability of health-care workers to Ebola is therefore doubly tragic: as of October 19th there had been 433 cases among medical staff in the three west African countries, and 244 deaths.
The U.S. Center for Disease Control also has an excellent website with information on Ebola and the Ebola Epidemic. The World Health Organization also has an authoritative website on viral Hemorrhagic Fevers, with considerable information about Ebola and the West African epidemic.

Not in the same league, but I like the Pathogen Perspectives blog by Heather Landers.

In the concern for the public health threat caused by this epidemic, I hope we do not lose track of the human dimensions. Thousands of people have died and thousands more will surely die before this epidemic is halted. Thousands have survived very serious illness, and thousands more will become very seriously ill but will survive. There are already  thousands of Ebola orphans, and there will be thousands more. Families have been torn apart and the survivors are grieving. Entire communities are in shock and distress. People already living in such abject poverty that their survival is in doubt are becoming poorer still.

No man is an island entire of itself; every man
is a piece of the continent, a part of the main;
if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe
is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as
well as any manner of thy friends or of thine
own were; any man's death diminishes me,
because I am involved in mankind.
And therefore never send to know for whom
the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.
John Donne

1 comment:

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