For this week’s podcast on Beacon, a discussion of the deeper issues behind the Ebola epidemic in West Africa with professors Kim Yi Dionne, Adia Benton, Jeremy Youde, and Stéphane Helleringer.
The deadliest Ebola outbreak in recorded history is happening right now in West Africa, with three particular countries, Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone desperately trying to curb the spread of the disease. At the time of recording this podcast, over a dozen cases have also been reported in Nigeria.
The official death toll at the moment is 1,550 and counting. Earlier this week, the World Health Organization said the actual number could be as many as four times greater than the 1,550 reported. WHO officials have conceded that it will likely be 6 months before they can bring the spread of the virus under control and some estimates suggest that as many as 20,000 people may contract the virus before the end of the crisis.
With international air carriers cutting off flights to Ebola affected areas and local governments deploying their militaries to impose mass quarantines, the current outbreak now represents much more than a public health crisis. In fact, the International Monetary fund recently stated that the ongoing crisis has had an acute impact on economies throughout the region.
All four experts were kind enough to take the time to join me via skype, in what I pitched to them as a virtual roundtable of sorts.
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