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Patrick Gathara

Patrick Gathara

Why Are We Waiting For Ebola?

A version of this article was previously published in The Star.

One thing’s for sure. Ebola is not a particularly easy disease to catch. Derek Gatherer, a virologist at Britain’s University of Lancaster, was recently told Reuters that the virus is not "super-infectious”. In fact it is much less easily passed on than measles. You do not get it just by being in the same room with, or on the seat next to, someone who is infected. It is spread through direct contact with the bodily fluids of an infectious person. However, by the time they are infectious, victims are typically very ill, many with scary symptoms like bleeding through the eyes and ears. In short, you can spot them from a mile off and take precautions. So why is it killing so many people in West Africa and why is it scaring Kenyans, who are on the other side of the continent?

According to the book Compassion Fatigue: How the Media Sell Disease, Famine, War and Death by Susan D. Moeller, “the chief means of transmission in its major outbreaks have been either surgery and routine lab works performed under conditions of primitive hygiene or close contact with desperately ill patients or the dead.” The virus preys… ( Read on! )
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Latest from Africa News Update

Middle class not big enough for investors

Businesses that have recently ventured into East Africa hoping to cash in on a steadily expanding middle class may have to revise their expectations because the expansion was grossly exaggerated, warns a report. Read more >

The East African (Kenya), by Joshua Masinde, special correspondent / 25.8.2014

The fall of African Bank: How unsecured loans create a hollow economy (opinion)

At first glance the connection between Marikana and African Bank Investments Limited (Abil) may seem tenuous. Read more >

South African Civil Society Information Service (SACSIS), by Saliem Fakir / 25.8.2014

Exposing the great "poverty-reduction" scandal (opinion)

The received wisdom comes to us from every direction: poverty rates are declining and extreme poverty will soon be eradicated from the face of the earth. Read more >

Thoughtleader/Mail and Guardian (South Africa), by Jason Hickel / 25.8.2014

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