International Community Testing Its Luck By Not Adequately Responding To Ebola
Financial Times: A ravenous Ebola epidemic that the world could have stopped
Anjana Ahuja, science journalist
“…A lack of leadership has been almost as terrifying as the [Ebola] virus, turning an avoidable crisis into a man-made catastrophe. … We have survived globe-threatening ailments such as bird flu and severe acute respiratory syndrome, but that might be down to luck rather than competence. SARS was concentrated in wealthy Hong Kong, where health care is excellent. Bird flu never mutated into a readily transmissible form. Soon two million Muslims will head to Saudi Arabia, currently dealing with an outbreak of a deadly coronavirus, for the Hajj. With luck it will pass without incident. But there is a problem with lucky streaks: they generally do not last” (9/23).
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