Here’s a lengthy chronology of the ebola outbreak from the Washington Post, “Out of control: How the world’s health organizations failed to stop the Ebola disaster”.
Paragraph thirteen kind of sums up the systemic big issue:
“The epidemic has exposed a disconnect between the aspirations of global health officials and the reality of infectious disease control. Officials hold faraway strategy sessions about fighting emerging diseases and bioterrorism even as front-line doctors and nurses don’t have enough latex gloves, protective gowns, rehydrating fluid or workers to carry bodies to the morgue.”
The simple truth that emerges after reading these quotes from “experts” is that in third world areas local problems like civil strife, poverty, lack of sanitation, illiteracy, cultural superstitious belief systems, lack of functioning health systems stack the deck in favor of rampaging epidemics to win. Sure, the world has some brave do-gooders who expose themselves to grave risks to help, but finding enough to handle the scope of this growing crisis will be very difficult. And all these experts, with plans in hand, can’t change human nature – most folks, even medical professionals, will weigh in on the side of not rushing to the epicenter of a virus that causes viral hemorrhagic fever, has no known treatments, and has a very high mortality rate.