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Monday, 23rd March 2015

Pushed to the Limit and Beyond: A Year into the Largest Ever Ebola Outbreak

Source: Médecins Sans Frontières

From the Introduction:

We are now a year into the deadliest Ebola outbreak the world has ever seen, with at least 24,000 people infected and more than
10,000 deaths. Ebola has destroyed lives and families, left deep scars, and ripped at the social and economic fabric of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

The virus cut a vast swathe through the three countries, in a cross-border geographical spread never seen before. Fear and panic set in, the sick and their families were desperate, and national health workers and MSF teams were overwhelmed and exhausted. Medical workers are not trained to deal with at least 50 percent of their patients dying from a disease for which no treatments exist. Nevertheless, the world at first ignored the calls for help and then belatedly decided to act. Meanwhile,months were wasted and lives were lost. No one knows the true number of deaths the epidemic will have ultimately caused: the resulting collapse of health services means that untreated malaria, complicated deliveries and car crashes will have multiplied the direct Ebola deaths many times over.

A year later, the atmosphere of fear and the level of misinformation still circulating continue to hamper the ability to halt the virus. In Sierra Leone, hot-spots persist, while in Guinea health workers come under violent attack due to ongoing mistrust and fear. Encouragingly, Liberia has seen the sharpest decline in cases, yet the country will remain at risk while Ebola lives on in neighbouring Guinea and Sierra Leone.

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Having begun his career in academic libraries, Adrian Janes has subsequently worked extensively in public libraries, chiefly in enquiry work as an Information Services librarian. In this role he has had particular responsibility for information from both the UK Government and the European Union. He wrote a detailed report on sources for the latter which was published by FreePint in 2007, and has contributed articles to FreePint and ResourceShelf. He is involved in training in information literacy and the use of online reference resources.

A Contributing Editor to DocuTicker, he also write reviews for Pennyblackmusic.

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