In DepthEpidemiology

The old man and the disease

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Science  05 Dec 2014:
Vol. 346, Issue 6214, pp. 1164-1165
DOI: 10.1126/science.346.6214.1164

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Statistician Hans Rosling, the former head of the Division of Global Health at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, is a global health and development celebrity. His riveting lectures have made him a star of TED talks, and he has rich and powerful fans. But now, Rosling is in the Liberian capital of Monrovia to fight the Ebola virus. Working alongside the country's head of Ebola surveillance, Luke Bawo, he is helping the Liberian government make sense of the epidemiological data. The number of new cases has dropped in Liberia, but getting down to zero will be a huge challenge, says Rosling, who calls his new job "the biggest intellectual challenge I have participated in in my life."

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