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Topic - Ebola is back - Outbreak
Posted: May 16 2017 at 8:22am By jacksdad
Without sounding like I'm putting any kind of positive spin on an Ebola outbreak, at least it happened in the Congo. These guys know more about Ebola than anyone, having dealt with numerous outbreaks over the course of decades. They're under no illusion as to the cause, whereas the West African outbreak was fueled by superstition, dangerous burial practices, higher population densities and misinformation. I doubt we'll see the uncontrolled spread we saw there.

We should fully expect this. It's inevitable that Ebola and it's extended family of Filoviruses will keep reappearing, especially given the region's appetite for bushmeat, and our continuing push into previously uninhabited forests.