The Second Ebola Outbreak is Just As Strange as the First

Exactly one month ago I wrote about, and charted the alarming spread of the Ebola virus. As I explained in the article, the virus is behaving very strangely. It doesn’t become infectious until the person shows symptoms, it isn’t airborne and it’s extremely lethal; all conditions that would normally keep a virus from reaching an epidemic status. And yet it continues to spread like wild fire.

By the time I had the opportunity to write about it, 800 people had died in the span of over 5 months. Now one month later, the number of deaths has nearly doubled to over 1500 people. Extrapolating on that trend, it would not be surprising to see the virus infect over a hundred thousand people by December.