• Rich Barlow

    Senior Writer

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    Rich Barlow is a senior writer at BU Today and Bostonia magazine. Perhaps the only native of Trenton, N.J., who will volunteer his birthplace without police interrogation, he graduated from Dartmouth College, spent 20 years as a small-town newspaper reporter, and is a former Boston Globe religion columnist, book reviewer, and occasional op-ed contributor. Profile

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There are 4 comments on Battling Ebola: Grading the Global Response to the Epidemic

  1. There is need for well coordinated global effort in managing this outbreak. Assistance should be given to countries with very wide and porous boarders to ensure that all people coming in are screened properly

  2. I know this is very foolish and probably result in fatal things, but what if we used cancer (When we get a cure) to battle other diseases. Cancer is aggressive yes but so is other diseases. Maybe we could use parts of it to control or maybe even completely stop the spread of it. Just a thought but it is possible.

  3. 1976 – that is at least as long as we have known about ebola. Now there is a ruah to find a cure/treatment. Is this because the industrialized countries have realized that planes can bring us ebola and it’s not just about the poor countries. Doesn’t this remind us somewhat of the HIV epidemic? Shame on us!

    1. Too many potential infectious agents are hypothesized each year. Governments must pick the most likely candidates to allocate funding to based on imperfect science. Ebola has shown that the world’s governments missed on this particular virus.

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