The last is my MetaFilter post on the Ebola outbreak in the Congo:
Ebola is out of control in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, in the second-worst outbreak in history. The WHO says the national and regional risk levels are very high, and with the number of new cases increasing in recent weeks, the UN is strengthening its response. Neighbouring countries are considering using an experimental vaccine which has shown impressive results in the DRC itself, but the challenge there is dispensing it: health workers are met with mistrust, and work in constant fear of armed attack, with some having to lie about being doctors in order to treat people.
It’s a perfect storm of a horrific disease meeting a poor, remote, war-torn population, right on the borders of half a dozen neighbouring countries. If it breaks out into Uganda, any international response has to be split, and becomes far more complicated.
Apparently an adaptation of one of the most terrifying non-fiction books I’ve ever read, Richard Preston’s The Hot Zone [interview with Preston], has just started on the National Geographic Channel. Here’s a National Geographic article on the current outbreak.