Ebola and cholera—the two deadliest outbreaks of this century—share the same root cause: poverty. http://ow.ly/D0xtG (Photo: Reuters)
"At first glance, the two outbreaks couldn’t be less similar. Cholera moves quickly but it is a nineteenth-century disease, easily thwarted by modern water treatment systems and health care. It ravaged Haiti, but it has not spread beyond the developing world. Ebola, on the other hand, moves slowly and is not as easily treated. Further, it has reached the United States, earning it near-obsessive attention in U.S. news. As Greg Gonsalves, co-director of the Yale Global Health Justice Partnership wrote this month in Quartz, ‘Exotic infections for Americans, often from far away places, often Africa, strike fear into their hearts, but only once the pathogens have cleared customs.’ Ebola has cleared customs in a way Haitian cholera never has.
But a look at the long list of casualties reveals what the two diseases have in common. The right to health comes with a cover charge, and much of the world — especially those in struggling states such as Haiti, Liberia, and Sierra Leone — can’t pay it.”