Since March, the Ebola virus—the most lethal viral disease known to humankind—has been spinning out of control in West Africa. Thus far, nearly 5,000 suspected and confirmed cases, including about 2,500 fatalities, have been reported, making this outbreak the largest in history. Read more »
This post was coauthored by Laurie Garrett and Yanzhong Huang, both senior fellows for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations.
In mid-July, the Chinese city of Yumen in the northwestern province of Gansu sealed itself off and placed 151 people in quarantine after a man was exposed to a Himalayan marmot and died of the pneumonic plague. Official media reported that the city’s 30,000 residents have not been allowed to leave, with police setting up roadblocks and laying down tire-piercing spikes along the main roads leading to the center of the town. Read more »