As the body count rises in West Africa and the first patient dies on US soil, Americans can be forgiven for panicking about Ebola. But before we go into lockdown, let’s assess the real threat and remember why we have an epidemic in the first place.

Six months ago, Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders), the government of Guinea and some others (myself included) warned of the threat of an unprecedented epidemic. At the time, Ebola had already spread from Guinea to Liberia. Despite our efforts, on April 1, the United Nation’s World Health Organization (WHO), ostensibly the world’s leading public-health institution, insisted that the Ebola outbreak was neither an epidemic nor unprecedented. [Read more] – Michael’s Blog