Understanding the Deadly Ebola Virus
The latest Ebola outbreak is being called the worst in history. The virus has killed nearly 700 people since March in Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia. The president of Sierra Leone has declared a public health emergency, and Liberia’s government is putting communities on quarantine. In the past week, the disease claimed Sierra Leone’s top Ebola doctor and the first American to die in this outbreak. While experts say a U.S. epidemic is unlikely, international concern is growing as the disease shows no signs of slowing its spread. Understanding the deadly Ebola virus, and the international effort to contain it.
director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health.
senior fellow for global health, the Council on Foreign Relations.
infectious disease and public health physician; adjunct professor of microbiology and immunology at Georgetown University Medical Center.
physician and associate program director for research in pulmonary diseases and critical care medicine, University of North Carolina School of Medicine.
Where Has Ebola Spread?
Last week, the Centers for Disease Control released this map of where the deadly disease has spread in Africa.
Dispatch From Guinea
Billy Fischer, a physician and associate program director for research in pulmonary diseases and critical care medicine at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, posted updates last month from Guinea, where he was treating patients.
Read some of his entries below.
Dispatch from Guinea: Containing Ebola