The Real Lesson of Ebola in Dallas: This Virus Is Very Difficult to Spread
So far, the virus is behaving just as public-health officials said it would. It infected Duncan, and when he was shedding the maximal amount of virus just before his death, it infected two of his caregivers. The reproductive rate for the Ebola virus — the number of infections that one sick person creates — is about 1.5 to 2, reflecting the Ebola situation here.
This good news in America also comes with a reminder from Nigeria that, while Ebola is scary, it is containable when action is taken early: the country has just been declared Ebola-free after registering no new cases for 41 days.