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Ebola: A postmortem

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Science  03 Feb 2017:
Vol. 355, Issue 6324, pp. 463
DOI: 10.1126/science.aal4493

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In The Politics of Fear, experts and aid workers use personal experience and the organization's archives to examine the course of the West African Ebola epidemic and the factors that drove and sustained it. The book focuses on four critical aspects of the epidemic: the public reaction to the outbreak, the organizations and individuals who responded to it, how care was delivered, and the containment of infection. Although vignettes and case studies are included that provide readers with a vivid on-the-ground perspective, it is the book's examination of politics, policies, and decisions that offers critical insight into the epidemic.