With remarkable speed, Ebola has turned from a faraway unpleasantness to a real and present threat—at least as portrayed in the media. For example, this SAPA report from allAfrica.com: West Africa: No Need for Ebola Panic in SA - Motsoaledi.
There is no need for South Africans to panic following the outbreak of the ebola virus in West Africa, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said on Wednesday.
In a statement, Motsoaledi said South Africa remained on high alert and precautions were being taken to prevent the virus from entering the country.
"Our surveillance activities are extremely effective," said Motsoaledi.
Since the outbreak of the ebola virus disease (EVD) -- the largest in history -- the health department in conjunction with the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) issued an alert to officials at the country's ports of entry.
This included the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).
"The CAA held a meeting where all the stakeholders in the aviation industry were briefed on the EVD situation in West Africa," said Motsoaledi.
"The risks and the steps to mitigate the risks of importing an infected person into South Africa were discussed."
Organisations transporting ill patients to South Africa were also represented at the meeting.
Across the world in Hong Kong, the South China Morning Post says a woman returning from Kenya has tested negative for Ebola.
The Economist speculates that the outbreak will last until at least September.
In the UK, The Telegraph breathlessly informs us that the Royal Air Force is standing by to bring back any British nationals who contract Ebola. And the Mail Online tells us that the body of an African teenager, who stowed away on a US Air Force C130 and arrived dead at Ramstein on Sunday, is being tested for Ebola.
And in the US, Vox considers on what would happen if Ebola arrived there.
I wouldn't take it all that seriously, but it's a useful political and epidemiological exercise.