|Ebola Virus Charts 2014|
Modified CC Image via Flickr
With the US government recently mobilizing 3,000 troops to help bolster Ebola containment and Bill Gates contributing $50 million for the efforts, us armchair Ebola watchers could only do so much as we watch this humanitarian and health tragedy unfold.
The only thing we could do right now, short of preparing for something very much akin to the Walking Dead is to inform ourselves.
1. Ebola Case Mapping - MapBox
2. Ebola Case GIF - Source
3. Cases and Total Deaths in West Africa from April 1, 2014 to August 1, 2014 - CDC and WHO
4. Week by Week Spread of Ebola (Clicking the image below takes you to Simon B Johnson's interactive Ebola Timeline website)
5. Top West Africa Ebola Traffic Flows - Currents.plos.org (Clicking opens new window)
Delving further into the resources at hand in the PLOS website, a direct quote of the "Early Epidemic Dynamics of the West Ebola Outbreak of 2014" is appropriate:
"Using a simple, two-parameter mathematical model, we find that the initial growth characteristics of the 2014 West African Ebola epidemic to be similar to those associated with prior Ebola outbreaks. Concerning is the lack of control evident, with epidemic processes growing in an essentially uncontrolled exponential manner, particularly in Liberia. While further data will permit model validation or re-calibration in the coming months, our findings indicate that this epidemic represents a public health emergency which has the potential to grow to extraordinarily destructive dimensions. We hope our model will add support to those voices already calling for an extraordinary international cooperative effort to control this epidemic." (Blog author's note: bold and underlined emphasis mine)
(Source: Plos David Fisman, Edwin Khoo, Ashleigh Tuite)
6. Interactive-Animated Ebola Spread Map - Source: Quartz's (qz.com) Zach Wener-Fligner (Link opens in new window)
7. Prediction of Ebola cases with a simple exponential growth model - Source: Imgur / MrGomel
Note: This is a mathematical prediction and does not constitute an accurate depiction of future events. Furthermore, I was not able to find the source of this model. Please advise in the comments section, thank you.
8. Response in countries with widespread and intense transmission [MAP] from WHO: Ebola Response Roadmap Situation Report 2 5 September 2014 - Source: Imgur (Link opens in new window)
9. History of Ebola Cases by Location - Source: Imgur and WHO
I'm going to stop here as there are many more charts that could be found in the following:
Reddit search in /r/dataisbeautiful
Google Image search for "Ebola charts"