l. NPR reports on President Obama’s decision to withdraw the remaining 1300 troops in West Africa by April, 2015, because the EBOV caseload is low at this time. The U.S. has invested $1 Billion in EBOV prevention and treatment in West Africa. Fortunately, only 1/3 of that money has gone for our military mission. Two thirds of the money has been spend on non-military uses, including setting up mobile labs, establishing CDC type contact tracing programs. The troops who will be brought back from West Africa will have 21 day isolation at one of five military bases, away from other troops. See: http://www.npr.org/blogs/goatsandsoda/2015/02/11/385489704/the-u-s-helped-beat-back-ebola-only-not-in-the-way-you-might-think for the entire NPR article.
2. The Lancet 11 February now has Anna Petherick’s World Report on lessons learned from this EBOV epidemic online. The author notes the lack of trust between Guineans and white people; the mobility of West African populations; hiding EBOV patients in homes and private burials; unwillingness of Guinea to ask international experts to lead their EBOV response are causes of the delay in stopping the EBOV epidemic. See: http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(15)60075-7/fulltext