OPINION: Ebola epidemic is a ‘Black Swan’ event, say U of M infectious disease experts

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

West Africa’s Ebola epidemic is a “Black Swan” event that is likely to severely alter how the world approaches future global public health crises — even more so than the AIDS epidemic has done — according to a commentary published Friday in JAMA Internal Medicine by Michael Osterholm, director of the University of Minnesota’s Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP).

The commentary argues that more so than any other infectious disease, Ebola is threatening regional and country stability in West Africa, as well as exposing serious flaws — driven in large part by budget cuts — in the ability of the World Health Organization(WHO) to lead a coordinated and effective response.

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