Ebola is one of the most feared infectious diseases in the world and there is no specific treatment or vaccine. But despite being extremely virulent the disease is containable because it kills its victims faster than it can spread to new ones.
Not entirely and wholly true.
Yes, it does kill people quickly and thus a pandemic is most, most, unlikely. But it doesn’t infect and then immediately people are dead. There is time for further infections to occur.
What seems to have been the limiting factor in earlier outbreaks was that they were in very rural areas. We really don’t know what will happen if it ever turns up in a crowded urban area.
Officials from Uganda’s health ministry only confirmed that the disease was Ebola at the weekend, by which point it had reached the capital.
But we might be about to find out.