The recent resurgence of Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo has brought back memories of the Ebola epidemic in Western Africa. In 2014, media coverage and fears of the disease spreading to the US fueled heightened interest in health security. In the end, the West African Ebola epidemic (2014-2016) ended with more than 28,600 cases and 11,325 deaths. But, the Ebola crises is just the most recent reminder of the catastrophic nature of disease outbreaks.

 

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