Highlights of optimism amongst the gloom

Friday 13 February 2015

When West Africa's Ebola outbreak took hold last year, negative stories flooded news bulletins. In the current ANU Reporter, ANU Medical School Associate Professor Dr Sanjaya Senanayake looks at some of the positive aspects to come out of the tragedy.

"While it is clear that the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has generated many negative images and stories, there is a positive aspect that can be illustrated by three events happening in different parts of Africa during the epidemic.

"Firstly, in July last year, when a patient with Ebola flew into Nigeria, the world looked on with bated breath.

"At that time, the outbreak was far from controlled in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea; hence the prospect of a fourth nation joining the epidemic was one not to be relished, a prospect that could overwhelm both the morale and the anti-Ebola campaign.

"Each situation has the potential to steamroll into an uncontrolled outbreak of infection in a resource-poor country. However in each case, it didn't."

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