Colonization, Race, and Disease: Ebola in Context

Colonization, Race, and Disease: Ebola in Context

Dianna Bell Since this last spring Ebola has generated so much suffering and fear, and I appreciate the opportunity to reflect on ways to understand Ebola and disease from a social and historical perspective. A few weeks ago I read a piece on the Ebola outbreak with...
Thoughts on Ebola

Thoughts on Ebola

Dominique Behague {Thanks to Jonathan for the invitation!} I want to begin with a caveat: I should clarify that I am in no way an ebola or even infectious disease expert. But I do speak as an anthropologist with at least a few years’ experience in global public health...
Ebola Epidemiology in a Nutshell

Ebola Epidemiology in a Nutshell

William Schaffner The reservoir for the Ebola virus is in African wildlife.  Its principal host is the fruitbat; it also can infect great apes and some species of antelope.  Humans may come in contact with the virus when they forage for bushmeat, butchering these...