Read the 3 short National Geographic articles on Ebola (indicated by the links below), and the Medical Geography systemic essay. You might also want to look at the Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever Information Packet from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) which is attached. Then answer the questions listed on the Health Geography assignment attachment.
1. According to the article Where does Ebola hide between epidemics? How is it expected that humans may have first contracted the Ebola virus?
2. What are the suspected reservoirs for the Ebola virus?
3. Knowing the reservoirs for a virus can help to determine its natural geographic range. Why do you think knowing the likely geographic range of a potentially deadly virus would be important?
4. How are non human primates (gorillas, monkeys) affected by the Ebola virus?
5. Why would knowing other species of animals that can contract and spread Ebola be important to controlling the spread of Ebola to humans?
6. According to the article Ebola in Uganda: Why can’t we cure it? Where does it hide? What are two possible reasons that no vaccine has been developed?
7. Given the information presented in these articles, does Ebola generally present as an endemic disease, an epidemic, or a pandemic?