Ebola: Still No Time to Lose

October 8, 2014 2:38 PM

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The following post is adapted from the book No Time To Lose: A Life in Pursuit of Deadly Viruses by Peter Piot. (Copyright 2012 by Peter Piot; with permission of the publisher, W. W. Norton & Company, Inc. All rights reserved. UK readers can get more information here.) Prof. Piot is director of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, and former Executive Director of UNAIDS and Under Secretary-General of the United Nations. He co-discovered Ebola in 1976. Prof. Piot introduces his post with new observations from this week.

The current Ebola epidemic is unprecedented. Over 7,000 cases and more than 3,300 deaths so far. It's the first time that entire nations are affected; it's the first time that capital cities with huge urban populations are involved. And it's the first time the virus has been diagnosed outside of Afr...

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