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Why is Africa a breeding ground for frightening diseases?
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry
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In brief: Africa
Third world countries often are not able to mount adequate responses with onset of new viral illnesses such as the 2014 Ebola Virus that is primarily impacting Liberia, Sierra Leone & Guinea.
Health workers often don't have water to wash hands. Syringes & needles are re-used. With Ebola - roving animals such as dogs eat corpses and transmit disease. The ritual of family members washing the >

In brief: Africa
Third world countries often are not able to mount adequate responses with onset of new viral illnesses such as the 2014 Ebola Virus that is primarily impacting Liberia, Sierra Leone & Guinea.
Health workers often don't have water to wash hands. Syringes & needles are re-used. With Ebola - roving animals such as dogs eat corpses and transmit disease. The ritual of family members washing the >
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
dead prior to burial is the cause of transmission of 2/3 of cases of Ebola in Guinea. Improverished countries often can't effectively prevent mosquito borne illnesses, etc.
Dr. Colin Kerr
Family Medicine
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In brief: African diseases
Tropical climate, excessive populations of disease-carrying vectors (i.
e., mosquitoes), poverty and poor governmental public health programs. For comparison, look at the HIV disease in the United States. Initially it was a terrifying epidemic, thought to be uncurable, in the western us. With money, research, public health programs the epidemic has been dramatically slowed and the disease is curabl.

In brief: African diseases
Tropical climate, excessive populations of disease-carrying vectors (i.
e., mosquitoes), poverty and poor governmental public health programs. For comparison, look at the HIV disease in the United States. Initially it was a terrifying epidemic, thought to be uncurable, in the western us. With money, research, public health programs the epidemic has been dramatically slowed and the disease is curabl.
Dr. Colin Kerr
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