Africa Global Horizons Health Infographic Scott Falls

Ebola Explained

Since officially being announced in March, 2014, the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has claimed over 1,200 lives. After first being discovered in Guinea, the virus has thus far spread to Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Nigeria. In light of the current outbreak, vulnerable states in the region are scrambling to limit their exposure to the virus and prevent Ebola from spreading to their own country. As a result of the severity and geographical reach of the current outbreak, the WHO declared the outbreak to be an international health emergency that required a coordinated international response to curb the crisis. As of today, the virus continues to ravage West Africa, despite the best efforts of medical professionals on the ground to contain the crisis.

As Kyle Chatterson notes in his recent NCC article on the Ebola crisis, the media has covered the crisis extensively, and has often crossed the line from informative to sensationalist. In light of this, the following infographic seeks to provide a simple, fact-based, visual guide to the Ebola virus and the gravity of the current crisis.



Scott Falls
Scott is a Reserach Analyst with the NATO Association of Canada and former program editor for the NATO Association of Canada’s Global Horizons. He is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario and holds an Honors B.A. in Political Science. While at Western, Scott was a student researcher with the Leadership and Democracy Lab, a student-run think tank that publishes political risk assessments on democratizing third-world nations. He also studied abroad at the University of Leeds in Northern England in 2013, focusing his studies on terrorism, political violence, and American foreign policy. Scott’s research interests include politics and security in North and West Africa, nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament, intrastate conflict in Sub-Saharan Africa, and diplomacy and multilateralism.