Ebola fight hampered by poor analytics
InformationWeek - 09/08/2014
Within six months, there could be as many as 20,000 Ebola cases, the World Health Organization estimated last week. The BBC reported Friday that more than 2,000 people of 3,044 known cases in West Africa have already died in the current outbreak.
The WHO is just one of the government agencies and groups around the world marshalling advanced data science to monitor the worst-ever epidemic of the virulent hemorrhagic disease, which was first seen nearly 40 years ago.
While the WHO estimate is in line with other projections, a real worry is that the data feeding these epidemiological models may not reflect the reality on the ground.