The End of Ebola (for now)

Ebola will be back, because there are animal reservoirs, but it’s great news that fourteen days have gone by since the last known case in the D.R.C. The outbreak will not officially be declared over until 42 days go by (twice the maximum incubation period of 21 days) since the last known case, but the end is in sight. Reuters, 3/3/20.

The existential threat posed by Ebola has been nearly eliminated by the development of effective vaccines that can protect healthcare providers and wide rings of potential contacts, as well as the deployment of rather good therapies. A mutation might temporarily slip this leash, but one can be rather confident that a vaccine against any variant could be developed rather quickly.

The world’s attention now turns to COVID-19…

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