Nature | Editorial – Out of Africa

Volume 514 Number 7521 pp139-266 9 October 2014

Nature | Editorial
Out of Africa
The Ebola outbreak in West Africa must be shut down now, or the disease will continue to spread.
07 October 2014
…The world is fiddling as West Africa burns, and unless it acts much faster, the outbreak risks spreading to surrounding regions. Sparks from it could lead to exports to more far-flung places, perhaps even to major cities that lack decent public-health infrastructure. But countries and the public must also realize that although action is needed urgently, the commitments must be sustained until the outbreak has been stamped out, which could take many months. The relatively low threat to developed countries must not distract or detract from the pressing need to tackle the outbreak at its source.