All you need to know about Ebola and global healthcare disparities

In his weekly address to the US, Barack Obama today chose to focus on Ebola, reassuring Americans that the disease is hard to catch and that there is a treatment:

At the same time, it’s important to remember that of the seven Americans treated so far for Ebola—the five who contracted it in West Africa, plus the two nurses from Dallas—all seven have survived.  Let me say that again—seven Americans treated; all seven survived.  I’ve had two of them in the Oval Office.  And now we’re focused on making sure the patient in New York receives the best care as well.

Meanwhile we have the latest update from the World Health Organisation (PDF), showing what happens if you are ill with Ebola in West Africa…

A total of 10 141 confirmed, probable, and suspected cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD) have been reported in six affected countries (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Sierra Leone, Spain, and the United States of America) and two previously affected countries (Nigeria, Senegal) up to the end of 23 October. There have been 4922 reported deaths.


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