The velocity of Ebola spread in parts of West Africa

Last month, my HealthMap colleagues and I had a correspondence published in Lancet Infectious Diseases on the spatial transmission dynamics of the ongoing West African Ebola outbreak. You can find the full piece here, but I’ve also quoted the abstract below:

In a speed outpacing control efforts, the Ebola virus disease (EVD) epidemic in parts of West Africa spread across Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone infecting an estimated 26,800 individuals and claiming more than 11,000 lives as of May 15, 2015. Mobile populations coupled with porous borders and commercial air travel patterns affected the frequency and breadth of Ebola virus transmission. However, little is known about the speed and pattern of EVD spread in the countries most affected by the epidemic.

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