Ebola Virus; From Medical Emergency to Complex Disaster?

Author(s)
Benini, A., and Bradford-Benini, J.
Language
English
Pages
11pp
Date published
01 Jan 1996
Type
Research, reports and studies
Keywords
Development & humanitarian aid, Disasters, Epidemics & pandemics, Health
Countries
Democratic Republic of the Congo

When a new epidemic was detected in Zaire in the spring of 1995, it was widely perceived as a threat to the West. Public attention was intense. A massive intervention, led by UN and US agencies, followed and put an end to the epidemic within less than two months.
The intervention was successful for several reasons.