"It was only a year ago that the Ebola epidemic in West Africa was highly visible. Images of health workers dressed in hot and heavy hazmat gear, body bags being tossed into shallow graves, and press conferences with top international health officials routinely peppered the nightly news cycle."
Anthropologists from around the world providing advice on how to engage with crucial socio-cultural and political dimensions of the Ebola outbreak and build locally-appropriate interventions.
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“Bush meat?” I asked. The food in front of me smelled delicious, but the mention of bush meat in the stew evoked a twinge of fear. Could it be fruit bat? Chimpanzee? Both can harbor Ebola virus.
"I call this disease an invisible war because it is not a war we can see through our naked eyes. ... we had a civil war. There were bodies lying in the street. People were being killed on a daily basis. There was no food. People were just confused during the crisis. We are experiencing similar things today. There are bodies in the street. People are dying on a daily basis. People are confused. But, the civil war was not invisible. You could see the civil war."
"I have just returned from Liberia with a group of physicians and health activists. We are heading back in a few days. The country is in the midst of the largest ever epidemic of Ebola haemorrhagic fever. It’s an acute and brutal affliction. Ebola is a zoonosis – it leaps from animal hosts to humans – which is caused by a filovirus (a thread-like virus that causes internal and external bleeding)."
Learn about how one small village in Liberia is recovering from Ebola.
"The first Ebola case in Barkedu came in July. As the virus spread during the summer, the town was burying nearly a person a day. Some families were nearly wiped out. In all, 150 of the 6,000 villagers died."
"Now that the crisis has waned, will we continue to discuss Ebola as a persistent threat? Or will we let ourselves forget, right up until the next terrifying epidemic?"
Comprehensive site with up to date statistics, reports, and news on ebola. Includes fact sheet, infographics, travel advice, and frequently asked questions.