Washing hands. Taking and monitoring body temperatures. Quarantine. Ring vaccination method. Outbreak investigation. Finding Patient 0. Effective public health communication campaigns. Appropriate logistics. Effective and efficient data collection system. Accurate mapping. Thousands of people. Millions of dollars. These are just some of the practical requirements that can help contain an outbreak.

Right now, there is an Ebola outbreak in the northwest region of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), with 30 probable or suspected cases, 28 confirmed and 27 people dead as of May 21. From 2014-15, an Ebola outbreak occurred in Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and 7 other countries, claiming more than 11,000 lives.


Credit: CDC

Read more…