A rare Sunday post and with no introduction beyond the word, "AMEN."
The following is from VDU'S Blog (one of the many infectious disease blogs and sites which I follow regularly).
Ebola double vision....
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"It should be emphasized that the reported fall in the number of new cases in Liberia over the past three weeks is unlikely to be genuine. Rather, it reflects a deterioration in the ability of overwhelmed responders to record accurate epidemiological data. It is clear from field reports and first responders that EVD cases are being under-reported from several key locations, and laboratory data that have not yet been integrated into official estimates indicate an increase in the number of new cases in Liberia."
So, if you are a senior influencer or a decision-maker in your country and if that country, in which you are a citizen, has offered only limited, financial, or non-existent support to this unprecedented outbreak of infectious disease, I suggest the following: Stop disproportionately worrying about the few sporadic but simply controlled EVD cases that your already-straining healthcare budget has to look forward to. Stop worrying about how those budgets will cope with the unnecessary burden of your feel-good but near-pointless rollout of temperature monitoring resources at entry ports. Stop thinking that by blocking flights out of West Africa you will somehow protect your country and the rests of the world from exported cases.
- Ebola Virus Disease in West Africa — The First 9 Months of the Epidemic and Forward Projections.
New England Journal of Medicine. 23-Sept. WHO Ebola Response Team