Ebola Virus Diseases: Where are we now and where do we go?- General Introduction by Dr Colin Brown, UK

Colin BrownDr Colin Brown from Infectious Diseases Lead at King's Sierra Leone Partnership, United Kingdom, will talk about Ebola Virus Disease: Where are we now and where do we go? during the 3rd World Congress on Infectious Diseases - Targeting Ebola 2015, which will be held in Paris on May 28-29, 2015.


According Pr Brown: "Despite its vivid place in the popular imagination, conjuring up images of germ warfare and Hollywood blockbusters, Ebola has previously affected a relatively small number of people. Prior to 2014, approximately 2400 people were infected, with just over 1500 deaths in the four decades since its 1976 discovery in Zaire and Sudan.

Smaller outbreaks occurred in the late 1970s, with sporadic, larger ones each numbering under 500 cases seen in the Democratic Republic of Congo (Zaire) and Uganda in the 1990s, 2000s and early 2010s. Ebola virus disease (EVD) was therefore largely thought to be an exotic, tropical disease confined to self-limiting outbreaks in rural central Africa. It was considered a terrifying but unsuccessful virus, killing off its hosts too quickly to transmit it to many others. It felt remote. The 2014 outbreak has forever changed those perceptions."

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