Magazine article Geographical

Preventative Measures

Magazine article Geographical

Preventative Measures

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Monitoring the media's reaction to health scares around the world, it's often interesting to see the trends that occur in how certain diseases are reported. For instance, not so long ago, Ebola was the illness dujour, leading news bulletins, making headlines and, consequently, causing unwarranted panic in the living rooms of the West, despite the actual number of occurrences recorded outside West Africa barely numbering thirty.

No one is denying that Ebola is a horrible disease, of course, and one that needs prompt and effective action to get under control in the rexgions most suffering from it. The recent death toll shows just how big a problem West Africa is facing (see page 12)--over 10,000 deaths to date and rising. But that still doesn't come close to the 40,000 a year killed by leishmaniasis or the 122,000 killed in 2012 alone by measles--a number which makes the staggeringly misguided opinions of vaccination 'deniers' in the West even harder to fathom. …

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