How much of a threat is Ebola?

Ebola outbreaks in several west African countries have forced two heads of state to pull out of a historic US-Africa summit this week, a reminder of the challenges faced in trying to reshape perceptions of the continent, says Drew Hinshaw in The Wall Street Journal.

Africa is home to six of the world’s ten fastest-growing economies, yet “weak government, military and public-health institutions” expose the vulnerabilities of even some of the most “hopeful economies”.

Sierra Leone, whose president Ernest Bai Koroma is one of the leaders who stayed home to deal with the Ebola epidemic, is a “prime example”. The [...]

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