A year ago the world just started hearing about the Ebola virus that was ravaging West African countries, of Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea. The Public Health Community was just starting to acknowledge it’s inadequate response. Unfortunately many thousands of people in these countries died.
We know that poor infrastructure, lack of immediate access to health facilities, insufficient numbers of health care providers, myths, and misinformation all contributed to the thousands of deaths. This wasn’t the first major outbreak of this disease, but it was the largest so far in West Africa.
Fears of outbreaks in Europe and The United States fueled governments to step in to help. While much of that help came too late to limit the tens of thousand of victims (survivors and those who died) the Public Health Community continued to move forward to push for development of a vaccine. Finally our pleas were heard in the private sector…… and now…..
“The world is on the verge of being able to protect humans against Ebola, the World Health Organization said on Friday, as a trial in Guinea found a vaccine to have been 100 percent effective.”
For more info on how vaccine success holds hope for end to deadly scourge of Ebola via @Reuters click here