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Mission unaccomplished: How the Ebola epidemic in Africa wasn’t solved

20 Oct
Mission unaccomplished: How the Ebola epidemic in Africa wasn’t solved

National Post | News

Looking back, the mistakes are easy to see: Waiting too long, spending too little, relying on the wrong people, thinking small when they needed to think big. Many people, governments and agencies share the blame for failing to contain Ebola when it emerged in West Africa.

Now they share the herculean task of trying to end an epidemic that has sickened more than 9,000, killed more than 4,500, seeded cases in Europe and the United States, and is not even close to being controlled.

Many of the missteps are detailed in a draft of an internal World Health Organization report obtained by The Associated Press. It shows there was not one pivotal blunder that gave Ebola the upper hand, but a series of them that mounted.

Nearly every agency and government stumbled. Heavy criticism falls on WHO, where there was “a failure to see that conditions for explosive spread were…

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Posted by on October 20, 2014 in General News

 

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