Update: First Case of Ebola Reported in Senegal

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/29/senegal-ebola_n_5735882.html

Just a quick update: the worst ourbreak of Ebola in history continues to spread, as Senegal reports a confirmed case.

This situation is worth monitoring because, despite the pleas of the afflicted countries and of the World Health Organization, not nearly enough has been done to stem the outbreak or help these countries recover.

At the same time, this event drives home just how slippery contagious diseases can be, and just how impossible quarantine appears in the contemporary moment. Granted, some would argue that the spread is the result of insufficient resources, infrastructure, and cultural distrust of the medical professionals (all reasonable claims), yet, at the same time, the problem is larger than that.

 

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