Via Vox.com, a must-read analysis by must-follow health journalist Julia Belluz: Where the Ebola outbreak is most likely to spread next. Excerpt:
There are suspected Ebola cases in Europe, Asia, and North America but none are confirmed. Public health officials are relatively unconcerned about Ebola becoming a big problem in the developed world. That's because outbreaks persist in countries with poor sanitation and a shortage of resources to contain them, not in resource-rich places like the US.
For this reason, spread within Africa is really what public health officials are worried about. "Our first concern is that this is going to go into adjacent areas through people traveling in the region," said Daniel Bausch, associate professor at the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, who is working with the WHO and MSF on the outbreak.
"In the short term, the main vector is the traveler: local people traveling from one village to the next, on more regional scale, plane travellers."