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Rise of Ebola
Scientific Ameican
Type of Work

The most recent spread of Ebola in Guinea is the largest outbreak in history. We were asked by Scientific American to take a look at the historical data of outbreaks over the last 40 years. We broke down the data set by first showing the location an outbreak’s initial case and impact of the infection and then by plotting each outbreak on a timeline. Though there isn’t a clear trend by strain, location or date of occurrences over time, there can be small conclusions drawn looking at each outbreak by virus strain, mortality rate, total individuals affected, unique locations (transmission clusters) and the duration in days.
Again, these upsurges of the virus are all overshadowed by the current explosion of the Zaire strain in West Africa causing experts to be alarmed at possibility of Ebola becoming a permanent health risk.