3 Graphs That Help Show Why Ebola Goes Viral or Dies Out – Facts So Romantic

Fighting Ebola requires lots of equipment and personnel.Morgana Wingard, USAID  

In September 1854, 600 residents of London’s Golden Square died from an infamous outbreak of cholera. It was no coincidence that this occurred in one of London’s poorest neighborhoods. We now know that markers of poverty—higher population densities, decreased nutrition, lack of medical care, and poorer sanitation (including one befouled well in particular)were associated with increased numbers of cholera deaths. Over the next 160 years, studies of public health have reinforced a clear link between poverty and health, which is now playing out on a global scale.

The Ebola virus has claimed the lives of over 8,000 residents of Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia. These West African countries are among the world’s poorest. Each has more than 50 percent of its population living below the national poverty line, placing them among the poorest 10 percent of all countries. Just as with cholera in London, it is also no coincidence that the countries experiencing the largest Ebola outbreak on record are among the most impoverished. And studies across many nations the world show

But the poverty in these countries does not tell the whole story. The neighboring nation…
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