HOMELAND SECURITY NEWSWIRE – Too slow. Too little, too late. Unprecedented. Out of control. These are just some of the descriptors for the biggest recorded epidemic of human infection by an ebolavirus. Latest worst-case modelling predicts up to 1.4 million people might become infected in this outbreak by mid-January 2015. With 70 percent mortality rate, this means 980,000 dead. Every infectious disease outbreak has a “personality”; this one includes the introduction of a terrifying disease into a completely susceptible population, in a part of the world with no chance of stopping it alone. West Africa has very few health-care workers, poor roads and sizable distances between villages, towns and cities. These factors in combination with traditions, especially those for preparing loved ones for burial, have conspired to produce a perfect storm of opportunity for Ebola virus transmission and spread. Continue Reading