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  • Using the power of prediction to halt Ebola in its tracks

    PBS NewsHour - 06/12/2015

    MILES O’BRIEN: Other disease modelers were equally alarmed. At Northeastern University, Alessandro Vespignani also created an Ebola epidemic model at his Laboratory for the Modeling of Biological and Socio-Technical Systems. It predicted that, if nothing was done, Ebola would spread way beyond West Africa.

    ALESSANDRO VESPIGNANI, Northeastern University: And you will see that, by February, already, you get Africa that is in a very bad situation, but then you start to have places which have serious outbreaks in various places in Europe.

    MILES O’BRIEN: Paris, London and New York would have all been coping with serious Ebola outbreaks.

    ALESSANDRO VESPIGNANI: This is something that would be really a worst-case scenario. So that would be something that you don’t even want to think about it.

    MILES O’BRIEN: Wow. That’s many millions of people afflicted, right?

    ALESSANDRO VESPIGNANI: That would be obviously something that of — well, unthinkable.

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