Rapid escalation of Ebola risks ‘global security’

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
By Paul Martin

Geoffrey York
The Globe and Mail
Sep. 16 2014

For the experts who prepare for the world’s humanitarian disasters, the alarm bells began ringing when the graph of Ebola cases stopped showing a simple linear increase and abruptly shot upward into an exponential curve, accelerating at a sharply faster rate with no end in sight.

That moment arrived this month. After building steadily since March, the number of Ebola cases shockingly doubled in just three weeks. It triggered the announcement on Tuesday of a major U.S. military operation in West Africa, including 3,000 U.S. troops and the creation of a new Pentagon command in Liberia to set up Ebola treatment centres and train hundreds of health workers.

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