Minding the gap: looking at numbers early in an outbreak

The second Ebola virus disease for 2018 continues to unfold in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Nearly two weeks have passed since the official announcement of the outbreak by the Read More …

SNAPDATE: Ebola virus numbers

The latest Ebola virus disease (EVD) figures of the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s (DRC) Ministry of Health (MOH) are out and I’ve plotted them below. The important numbers remain Read More …

The proportion of fatal cases (PFC)…

In July 2013 I coined an initialism for Virology Down Under (VDU) to avoid using the term Case Fatality Ratio/Rate/Risk (CFR); the Proportion of Fatal Cases (PFC). IMPORTED POST* I use Read More …

Ebola virus disease numbers from a double-province outbreak

In spectacularly rapid fashion, the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s Ministry of Health (MOH) has started it’s daily, very detailed, Ebola virus disease updates to cover the case details and Read More …

A second outbreak of an ebolavirus in the DRC

The Ministry of Health, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has confirmed 4 new ebolavirus cases in a new location. Earlier there had been reports of 26 cases of Read More …

Yes, there were signs that Ebola was in west Africa, perhaps as far back as 1973

If a bat carries the Ebola virus or something related in the forest, people find signs of infection in humans, publish it and read about it, but no-one remembers, does Read More …

Ebola virus disease and the game-changing vaccine….

As the Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) looks to be under control, how much the vaccine has helped remains an unanswered question. But Read More …

Suspected cases of Ebola virus disease rise and fall while confirmed cases add up but slow down….

Those closely watching the Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak  – or any outbreak – will have noticed that some of the daily numbers go up and down very quickly. This Read More …

SNAPDATE: Ebola virus disease numbers to 24MAY2018

The latest numbers from the Ministry of Health of the Democratic Republic of the Congo are in. They show a small rise in cases and in confirmed infections. This week Read More …

Mapping Ebola in the hobbyist zone…

One of the most important parts of an early understanding of the risks attached to an infectious disease outbreak is knowing where it is. Which country? What part of the Read More …