"How did U.S. nurse catch Ebola?"
~Headlines of CNN.International
14 October 2014, 9.03pm (GMT +8)
But I'm pretty darn sure that I wasn't the only one.
There were others who felt the same way.
The Aid Workers.
The Neighboring Countries.
WHO (World Health Organization)
We had all reason to share the same apathy.
Since 1976 (when it was first identified) to 2013, the World Health Organization reported a total of 1,716 cases.
1,716 cases in 37 years. The statistic pale in comparison to other major pandemics.
Uhh.... to those who are "epidemically illiterate" (there's no such term, but you know what i mean.) Below are the brief info of other major outbreaks. Take note, sources of info are taken from the CDC website & wikipedia.
Your choice to believe it or not.
The Black Death
1347 - 1351 AD
The outbreak remade the landscape of Europe and the world. In a time when the global population was an estimated 450 million, at least 75 million are believed to have perished throughout the pandemic, with some estimates as high as 200 million. As much as half of Europe may have died in a span of only four years.
-something more recent-
The 2009 outbreak of Influenza A virus subtype H1N1
CDC (Centre of Disease Control & Prevention) provided estimates of the numbers of 2009 H1N1 cases, hospitalizations and deaths on seven different occasions. Final estimates were published in 2011. These final estimates were that from April 12, 2009 to April 10, 2010 approximately 60.8 million cases (range: 43.3-89.3 million), 274,304 hospitalizations (195,086-402,719), and 12,469 deaths (8868-18,306) occurred in the United States alone due to H1N1.
Worldwide update by World Health Organization(WHO) more than 214 countries and overseas territories or communities have reported laboratory confirmed cases of pandemic influenza H1N1 2009.
It has almost been a year since the start of the outbreak.
One full year.
H1N1 began to subside after this period of time.
WHO declared the SARS outbreak contained in less than a year.
The situation just got worst.
Obama just recently declared Ebola a "global threat".
UN Security Council made an intimidating statement on about the outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa that it is a "threat to international peace and security"
2 of the world's most "trusted adviser" made similar unnerving comment.
We've seen it on CNN. BBC. ABC. How horrendous the situation is in Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Nigeria.
Fatality rate is increasing. The disease is spreading more extensively,
10,000 new Ebola cases per week could be seen according to WHO.
There is still no remedy.
How much longer would it take for the brilliant minds in the medical industry to formulate the right vaccine?
How many more people will die before a cure is found?
How many more should suffer the lost of loved ones before WHO declares the pandemic contained?
I truly hope for the best.
In the midst of agony,