How To Contain An Epidemic

The Dish

Teju Cole shares a heartening report about Nigeria’s successful public health response to the Ebola crisis:

Meanwhile, Jon Cohen suggests that Ebola survivors could help stem the spread of the disease:

As far back as 431 B.C., the Athenian historian Thucydides recognized that people who survived the plague made for excellent caregivers. As Thucydides wrote: “It was with those who had recovered from the disease that the sick and the dying found most compassion. These knew what it was from experience, and had now no fear for themselves; for the same man was never attacked twice—never at least fatally.” Nicole Lurie, HHS’ assistant secretary for preparedness and response, is one of several doctors who suspect that people who survived Ebola may have developed immunity to that strain of the virus and could care for the infected with little risk to themselves. Lurie suggests that in these West African countries, where jobs are hard to find…

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