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By: Rolf

The WHO calls this the worst Ebola outbreak in history of modern times, and West Africans call this the virus that kills all. This virus is one of the deadliest viruses in the world and little to nothing is being done about it. In July and August 2014, the WHO called on world leaders to donate $100 million USD to combat the disease properly and instead, fell short. Now, in the past three weeks, the virus has claimed the lives of over 1,000 patients and the disease so far has claimed over 2,500 victims. But the one thing other than the lives lost that you may hear of is the money that is going to slaughter at the hands of mostly inexperienced medical professionals as the world realizes that this is not a $10 million dollar problem. In fact, this is going to cost the world around $1 billion USD to fight and eradicate the disease. In fact, the USA has just spent over $140 million for defence against the virus and is sending in over 3,000 troops to stabilize the area at over $5 million. In addition to that cost, the USA is putting an additional $500 million to prevent the disease from coming over to North America over the next decade. Meanwhile, Canada has taken a pledge to send in medical personnel and over $10 million dollars in support and likewise countries such as Britain and China. In fact, North American governments have also induced $28 million dollars to develop a vaccine.This is a very dangerous case for economies around the world, but I think the approach is completely wrong. if we spent that $500 million on shutting down the areas that are affected, we are theoretically trapping the virus in its origin. By preventing transportation in the infected areas and having effective screening efforts that could cost half the amount we are pledging, we are saving billions in the long run. I also do not believe that this is an international issue. Developed countries have adaptable health care systems and can effectively stop deadlier diseases in their tracks. This is the real way forward, and to risk the lives of workers to a virus is unacceptable when the pay-off is limited. There is no monetary gain to this and trade with Africa is almost non-existent. The more effective plan is to move people out of those large infected areas and therefore, we stop the disease. I know most people will say “but what about those 5,000 infected?” Well I say I feel sorry for those infected and I do hope a vaccine is in the near future, but unless economies benefit, not personally, I think we should stop putting out workers at risk and stop pouring money into an area to die.

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