Remember all the way back to December 2013, when a mysterious disease began to surface in a small village in the West African nation of Guinea. At the time, no one could identify it. The disease quickly spread throughout the country, then jumped to ones near by – Sierra Leone and Liberia. It was finally identified as Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever in March of 2014.
Thousands of Africans fell ill, and many died. Some estimates where up to 62 percent of those sticken. The world became gripped in panic as it was thought that Ebola could become the plague. We even had a few cases here in the States – but they were quickly contained, with some initial difficulty, I might add.
So why am I writing about this now? The mere fact that there were 28,616 suspected cases – 15,227 were laboratory confirmed – 11,310 people died from Ebola, should be cause enough for concern. But still, it’s been contained, so why worry?
I still worry because I’m evidently not the only one concerned with these types of outbreaks and our preparedness for dealing with such things. And this time I’m not talking about accidental outbreaks.
The Fiscal Times reports that Bill Gates spoke at the World Economic Forum last Thursday on the topic of bioterrorism.