[Click here] for all of Probaway’s EBOLA posts arranged by date. The recent posts will be at the top, but there is good information covered earlier and not repeated.
Congratulations to all those people who struggled to bring the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) to this near end. Perhaps no disease is ever totally gone if it has a wild reservoir that hasn’t been found and eliminated, so this ending of the EVD outbreak is about as good as it gets. One of the best things to come along is the vaccine that appears to stop Ebola from spreading, but the sad aspect of the new drug treatments is that more than ten other drugs were in development and were not able to be tested enough to know their efficacy.
What should be learned is we now have the laboratory technology to develop new vaccines fairly quickly, that is, in a year or two. However, if those labs are forced by economic constraints not to develop the vaccines, because there is no market willing to pay for them, the world will struggle along with continuing outbreaks of various sorts, and people will die. Science magazine published a list of diseases that probably could have vaccines created to defeat them before they went epidemic. They are, Ebola Sudan, Chikungunya, MERS, Lasssa fever, Marburg, Paratyphoid fever, Schistosomiasis, Rift Valley fever, SARS, Hookworm. These diseases could be greatly limited in their destructive power if a few billion dollars were invested by someone to do the research and development. It wouldn’t be a monetarily rewarding venture, but it would certainly pay in a big dose of karmic reward. The reward would be strange because it would be the non-existence of these diseases killing people, and how do you reward something that hasn’t happened? There is talk of a Global Vaccine-Development Fund, and that is something that most certainly should be supported.
This may be the last post on the West Africa Ebola outbreak, and it seems strange that it so nicely fits on the log chart I had developed in October 2014, and expanded upon every month. The chart contains a great deal of data, such as projections and comparisons to other human tragedies.
The best defense against diseases is by avoiding them as early as possible.