Responding to Ebola: creating an agile anthropology network
The West African Ebola Outbreak emerged in the Guinée Forestière region in late December 2013. By June 2014, it was evident that the efforts to contain the epidemic were failing and the Ebola virus spread rapidly to both urban and rural areas in Liberia and Sierra Leone. By October 2014, the Ebola epidemic in West Africa was confirmed to have infected 13,268 individuals, with 4,960 total deaths. By August 2015 (at the time of writing), the outbreak was known to have caused 28,091 cases globally and 11,303 deaths, according to continually updated counts provided by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. Factors resulting in the rapid escalation of the Ebola epidemic are well documented and have led to critical evaluations of agencies and have prompted new commissions focusing on improving global capacity to respond to future infectious disease outbreaks.