Deadly Disease
Ebola Still Lives

Most of the world may be done worrying about Ebola, but Ebola isn’t done with Africa. One year on since the outbreak started, Wired reports that cases of the disease are on the rise again. More:

According to the World Health Organization, cases continue in Sierra Leone and are rising again in Guinea. Liberia was about to record an entire incubation period without a new case — a signal that the chain of person-to-person transmission might have been broken — but on Friday, it announced that it had found a single new case. How that woman became infected is unclear; it is possible that she represents, not a new outbreak, but a brief interruption in an otherwise promising trend.

It has been decades since there was an epidemic of this persistence and magnitude

Our attention often jolts from one crisis to the next depending on what is the most severe at the moment. But even though Ebola is neither grabbing so many headlines nor sweeping the world, it is nevertheless proving extremely difficult to eradicate. Other outbreaks in the past were contained and ultimately brought to an end. So far, this one is different. That’s not a good thing, and it suggests that foreign investment and tourism will continue to suffer—inflicting a steep economic cost along with the toll on human life.

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