Monday 3 August 2015
According to the latest figures from the World Health Organisation (WHO), the ongoing outbreak of ebola in West Africa has now sickened nearly 28,000 people and killed 11,279. This is an astonishing death toll from a terrifying disease which, until recently, had only surfaced sporadically, with far fewer deaths. While the number of reported cases has dropped sharply – with just 62 in the past three weeks across Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia – the potential for future epidemics remains.
I'm a writer and author on a wide range of issues. I'm the former deputy editor of the online magazine spiked and I currently work at the Institute of Ideas. I'm the author of Panic on a Plate: How Society Developed an Eating Disorder (Imprint Academic, 2011).