Enlightening academic rhetoric: When does an epidemic become pandemic? It
depends on who you ask. So WHO (World Health Org.); is Ebola … pandemic?
Between 550,000 and 1.4 million people in West Africa could be
infected with the Ebola virus … come January.
That alarming news was published last month and is according to a study
by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
A million and a half infections in West Africa translates (at current rates) to nearly
a million deaths from the Ebola virus … come January.
The death rate in the Ebola outbreak has risen to 70 percent and there could be
10,000 new cases a week in two months … WHO warns … grimly.
HIV vis-a-vis Ebola; the former leads to an excruciatingly painful and lingering death;
the latter to an excruciating … but relatively rapid … death.
A sky-high fever, bleeding from the eyes, nose, mouth and ears and rectum; the Ebola
virus is highly virulent and that’s not to mention its explosive … diarrhea.
WHO is treating this case as an emergency for the deceased baby traveled
by bus before she died and up to 300 people … may have exposed.
So … WHO (World Health Org.); when do the various Ebola epidemics …
become … world-widely … a pandemic?