Ebola: Learning From Past Mistakes

October 22, 2014 7:45 PM

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Global health epidemics bring out the best and the worst in humanity. We can certainly not be proud of the anger of parents outside a school somewhere in Europe where an innocent 9-year-old boy back from vacation in Guinea was branded as a potential carrier of Ebola. Nor should we be proud of the economically catastrophic cordon sanitaire set up by rich countries around West Africa, something that could be straight out of Albert Camus' The Plague.

But we look up to the healthcare professionals who risk their lives to work in regions affected by Ebola. Witness the obituary of Sheik Humarr Khan, the virologist who led Sierra Leone's Ebola response and who died from the disease at the age of 39 on July 29, 2014. Khan is but one example of the th...

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