Author Archives: Tom Vincent

06.30.17

The Outbreak That Wasn’t: Liberia’s “Post-Ebola” Moment

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Ever since WHO declared the end of Ebola virus transmission in West Africa in June 2016, the world has wondered when (not if) they would see Ebola again. In May 2017, the virus reemerged from its secret jungle lair, but not before a brief panic in Liberia just a few weeks prior that would briefly […]

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06.02.17

Ebola: Fifteen Years of Silence

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  “The music is not in the notes, but the silence in between.”   – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart   If one were to describe the history of Ebola outbreaks, one method would be to construct a timeline, with a point on the line for each outbreak.  You could create this timeline with a varying number of […]

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05.01.17

Remembering Tandala, 1977: Elucidating Ebola

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Forty years ago, in June 1977, a nine-year old girl died of acute hemorrhagic fever at a hospital in Tandala, Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of Congo).[i] Her post-mortem blood sample arrived at CDC-Atlanta nine days later, and despite the lack of refrigeration during shipping and its subsequent bacterial infection, scientists were able to positively […]

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