The case of Ebola

Public health crisis in neoliberal times

The recent outbreak of the Ebola virus in Western Africa which started in December 2013 is leading to media hyped worries about its global spread to developed countries since the first human-to-human transmission of the disease in an US hospital (Dallas/Texas). Despite these concerns the brutal reality of the outbreak in the Western African countries plays only a marginalized role in that global media drama, Kai Mosebach observes.

Cuban health workers in Sierra Leone

However, the case of the Ebola outbreak which according to the worst-case-scenarios being recently modeled could even trigger a global public health crisis makes strongly clear the epidemiological downside of neoliberal globalization ...

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Ebola outbreak 2014: Different than previous ones
Socio-economic conditions of sickness: A tale of three countries
Public health breakdown in dismantled health care states
WHO and Ebola: Voicing an International Health Concern
Are the developed countries prepared to act?

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Kai Mosebach is Associate Professor for Health Policy, Health Science and Health Economics, Dept. of Health and Social Care, University of Applied Science, Ludwigshafen/Germany.

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