Ebola: The Ripple Effects [Infographic]

The current Ebola outbreak ravaging West Africa is not the first of its kind, but it is the worst. As of November 2014, more than 13,000 people in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea have contracted the virus, and almost 5,000 people in these nations have already succumbed to it. Though the CDC reported that Ebola does not present a serious threat to the United States, the virus could infect as many as 1.4 million people in Sierra Leone and Liberia by the end of January 2015. But these startling numbers do not even begin to encompass the full scope of Ebola’s impact on the state of public health in Africa.

The online Master of Public Health program, MPH@GW, created the graphic below to explain just a few of the ways Ebola’s effects reverberate far beyond the immediate outbreak. Ebola will exacerbate existing public health problems such as malaria and HIV/AIDS, destabilize affected nations’ already tenuous economies, orphan thousands of children and bring educational institutions to a screeching halt.

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