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2014 Ebola outbreak

Reactions from the UK and USA

Recent African perspective on the 2014 Ebola Outbreak, the risks, the reality and a reminder that some things don’t change in Africa was very different from what we’ve seen out of the UK and the USA.

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Reactions from the UK and USA – like world’s apart

Our Africa team was meeting in Harare early in the month. The choice of TV channel in the hotel rooms was limited to ZBC, CNN and BBC. Ignoring the general tripe delivered by Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation, ignoring the actual facts delivered by CNN and BBC, the latter two offered starkly contrasting messages.

In the UK: “we can contain it”; “a message for the public – don’t worry”; “calm”; “measured”…

In the USA: “spiralling out of control”; “all hell is about to break loose”…

With apologies to our North American friends, British comedian Russell Howard reflects on the story and how maths is probably being taught in American schools etc.