Small Percentage Of People Infected With Ebola Considered ‘Superspreaders,’ Responsible For 61% Of Cases In West Africa, Study Shows

Agence France-Presse: Small percentage of people spread most Ebola cases: study
“Most of the people infected with Ebola in the West Africa epidemic that began in 2014 got sick through contact with a small number of ‘superspreaders’ with the disease, researchers said Monday…” (2/13).

International Business Times: Sierra Leone: Ebola ‘superspreaders’ accounted for over 60% of cases
“Just three percent of people with Ebola were involved in about 61 percent of transmissions of the disease in the 2014-15 epidemic in West Africa. These people have been termed ‘superspreaders’ and were often young people under the age of 15 or people over the age of 45. They were also more likely to have been treated at home rather than in a hospital, according to a paper published in the journal PNAS…” (Henriques, 2/13).

Washington Post: Disease ‘superspreaders’ accounted for nearly two-thirds of Ebola cases, study finds
“…If superspreading had been completely controlled, almost two-thirds of the infections might have been prevented, scientists said. … ‘Superspreading was more important in driving the epidemic than we realized,’ [Benjamin Dalziel, an assistant professor of population biology at Oregon State University and a co-author of the study,] said…” (Sun, 2/13).

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