Towards a reading list on the Ebola crisis

This reading list is provided for anyone interested in learning more about Ebola, specifically in relation to the West African situation in 2014. Linking does not mean I necessarily agree with the article. Thanks to those who have sent me links. Additional pieces welcome – I’ve tended to avoid mainstream news stories unless they add useful maps, graphics or video. Academic literature on Ebola is largely out of date in relation to the recent outbreak, and/or very technical. Some exceptions below.

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Update 24 July 2015: I’m no longer updating this on a regular basis, but Monica Green made the following comment which is useful to have available:

From August to November 2014 I published “Teaching Notes on Ebola” that I collected for my course, “Global History of Health.” All the notes (which include live links to news reports, scientific studies, and other materials) remain posted open-access on my page:—Teaching-Documents. On another part of the page, I have posted the PowerPoint slides from lectures I gave in Fall 2014 and Spring 2015:—Talks.

Full reading list last updated 27 January 2015

General Reference/Regularly Updated Content

Ebola Deeply, aggregating news source (see discussion of project here) – @Eboladeeply

Ebola Resource Centre, The Lancet – regularly updated

Center for Disease Control and Prevention, ‘Ebola (Ebola Virus Disease)’ – regular updates and lots of information, including a piece explaining ‘Contact Tracing‘, and details of their training course for medical personnel. (See also PBS Newshour video on their work)

World Health Organisation, ‘Ebola Virus Disease’ – lots of information and links, including a roadmap and updates

Médecins sans frontières, ‘Ebola Emergency’ – lots of information and links

2014 Ebola Outbreak’, – interactive map and timeline

The World Bank Group, The Economic Impact of the 2014 Ebola Epidemic: Short and Medium Term Estimates for West Africa, 7 October 2014 (detailed report; commentary in The Guardian)

 UK Government, ‘Ebola: Government Response’ – links to press releases and other information

Channel Four News, ‘Unreported World: Ebola Outbreak’, 24 minute video

BBC News, ‘Ebola Outbreak’, several pieces, regularly updated, including ‘Mapping the Outbreak’ and ‘Ebola basics: What you need to know

The Guardian, ‘Ebola’, homepage for news stories; Ebola crisis briefing

2014 West Africa Ebola Response, Humanitarian OpenStreetMap

West African Ebola Epidemic, Humanitarian OpenStreetMap

Ebola Fieldnotes, Somatosphere (regular posts by multiple authors)

Africa in Transition – John Campbell’s blog (some specific posts linked below)

Mulford Library Blog – A Few Ebola Resources for HealthCare Professionals and All

Monkey CageThe Washington Post (series of posts)

haba na haba – Kim Yi Dionne’s blog

Africa Health – frequent articles on the topic


Theme issue of Limn on “Ebola’s Ecologies“, January 2015, edited by Andrew Lakoff, Stephen J. Collier and Christopher Kelty

Obinna Anyadike, ‘After Ebola: What next for West Africa’s health systems‘, IRIN Africa, 26 January 2015

Peter Penfold, ‘Ebola in Sierra Leone: situation improving, but much life still on hold‘, African Arguments, 22 January 2015

Morton Jerven, ‘The IMF and Ebola: why we don’t have any good answers’, African Arguments, 14 January 2015

Peter Penfold, ‘Ebola in Sierra Leone: News from the Frontline‘, African Arguments, 12 January 2015

Mukesh Kapila, ‘Where Chlorine is your best friend‘, E-International Relations, 8 January 2015 (and ‘Love in a Time of Ebola‘, 18 January 2015)

Klaus Dodds, ‘Hotspot: West Africa’, Geographical, 19 November 2014

Derek Gregory, ‘Fighting Ebola‘, Geographical Imaginations, 15 November 2014

Mark Doyle, ‘Ebola shuts down signs of normal life in Sierra Leone‘, BBC News, 15 November 2014

Peter Singer, ‘The Ethics of Fighting Ebola’, Project Syndicate, 12 November 2014

K.A Alexander, ‘What Factors Might Have Led to the Emergence of Ebola in West Africa? PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, 11 November 2014

Alex de Waal, ‘Militarizing Global Health‘, Boston Review, 11 November 2014

Cassandra Willyard, ‘University travel bans and quarantines may impede Ebola response’, Nature Medicine, 10 November 2014

Benjamin Black, “I’m a doctor fighting Ebola. And no, you aren’t going to catch it from me“, The Guardian, 7 November 2014

Adam Taylor, ‘Map: The Africa without Ebola‘, The Washington Post, 3 November 2014

Ollie Dixon, ‘Quantitative Epidemiology: A New Way of Understanding the Geography of Ebola‘, Geopolitical Lens, 1 November 2014

Michele Barry, ‘Why this Ebola Outbreak is Different‘, Boston Review, 31 October 2014

Lisa O’Carroll, ‘Fighting Ebola in Sierra Leone: ‘The world is not safe’‘, The Guardian, 31 October 2014

Jeremy Farrar, ‘Ebola rages on but we are approaching a turning point in this epidemic‘, The Guardian, 29 October 2014

Richard Preston, ‘The Ebola Wars: How genomics research can help contain the outbreak‘, The New Yorker, 27 October 2014

Adam Moore, ‘Bosnians recruited to support U.S. military’s fight against Ebola in West Africa‘, Balkanist, 27 October 2014

Derek Gregory, ‘The War on Ebola‘, Geographical Imaginations, 25 October 2014

Karen J. Greenberg, ‘Top 4 Things we can learn from War on Terror in “War on Ebola”‘, TomDispatch/Informed Comment, 22 October 2014

Sophie Harman, ‘Ebola and the Politics of a Global Health Crisis’, E-International Relations, 20 October 2014

Gary Younge, ‘Ebola has exposed America’s fear, and Barack Obama’s vulnerability‘, The Guardian, 19 October 2014

Josh Holmes, ‘Nothing Spreads Like Fear: The Securitisation of Ebola‘, Geopolitics & Security, 17 October 2014

Mark Doyle, ‘Ebola Crisis: Why is the UN response taking so long?‘ BBC News, 17 October 2014

Explo Nani-Kofi, ‘Ebola: Epidemics and Imperialism‘, Counterfire, 16 October 2014

Sarah Lazare, ‘‘Assassination’ of Public Health Systems Driving Ebola Crisis, Experts Warn‘, CommonDreams, 16 October 2014

James Gallagher, ‘Ebola outbreak: How many people have died?‘ BBC News, 15 October 2014 (the best thing I’ve read on the numbers, which in most reports tend to be very precise but not very accurate)

Ken Olende, ‘West Africa’s Ebola crisis is a symptom of capitalism‘, Socialist Worker, 14 October 2014

Stassa Edwards, ‘From Miasma to Ebola: The History of Racist Moral Panic Over Disease‘, Jezebel, 14 October 2014

The US vs. Spain – How each country has handled the Ebola crisis so far‘, El Pais, 13 October 2014

Raymond Gilpin, ‘Ebola, , Economics and Equality in Africa‘, African Arguments, 13 October 2014

John Campbell, ‘Pathetic International Response to Ebola thus far‘, Africa in Transition, 10 October 2014.

The papers: ‘War on Ebola’, BBC News, 9 October 2014

Ebola Facts: How Many Patients Are Being Treated Outside of West Africa?‘,  The New York Times, 8 October 2014 (with maps, timelines and FAQs)

Robert Peston, ‘The West’s Failure to Pre-Empt Ebola‘, BBC News, 8 October 2014

Daniel Hoffman and Mary Moran, ‘Ebola in Perspective‘, Cultural Anthropology, 7 October 2014 (series of articles by multiple authors)

David Quammen, ‘Ebola and the New Isolationism’Time, 6 October 2014 (Quammen is also the author of the book Ebola: The Natural and Human History of a Deadly Virusexcerpted and lightly updated from his earlier Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic.)

Scientists predict Ebola will hit Europe in coming weeks‘, EurActiv, 6 October 2014

‘In 1976 I discovered Ebola, now I fear an unimaginable tragedy’The Observer, 4 October 2014

Clint Hinote, ‘Ebola and Counterinsurgency—A Struggle for Legitimacy‘, Africa in Transition, 1 October 2014

John Campbell, ‘Ebola: The Dog that has not Barked‘, Africa in Transition, 1 October 2014

Greg Laden, ‘Ebola will not become airborne and here is why‘, ScienceBlogs, 30 September 2014

‘Experiences from Seven People at the Front Lines of the Ebola Crisis’The Huffington Post, 25 September 2014

‘Comment: Ebola and Human Rights in West Africa’The Lancet, 19 September 2014 (requires free registration)

The New England Journal of Medicine has a theme section – including Sylvie Briand et. al., “The International Ebola Emergency” and Margaret Chan, ‘Ebola Virus Disease in West Africa – No Early End to the Outbreak’.

Joeva Rock, ‘Militarizing the Ebola Crisis’, Truth-Out, 27 September 2014

International Crisis Group, ‘Statement on Ebola and Conflict in West Africa’, 23 September 2014

What you Need to Know about the Ebola Outbreak’, The New York Times, 22 September 2014 – maps and graphics

Tom Koch, ‘Ebola: Epidemics, Pandemics and the Mapping of their Containment‘, Remedia, 22 September 2014

Gregg Mitman, ‘Ebola in a Stew of Fever’, The New England Journal of Medicine, 17 September 2014

Francisco Perez, ‘Why are Affected West African states so spectacularly ill-prepared to deal with Ebola’, Africa is a Country, 23 September 2014

Ebola Crisis closes West African borders’, IBRU, Durham University, 15 September 2014 (summary with links)

Mit Philips and Aine Markham, ‘Ebola: A Failure of Collective Action‘, The Lancet, 10 September 2014

David M Pigott et. al. ‘Mapping the Zoonotic Niche of Ebola virus disease in Africa’, eLife, 8 September 2014 [the most technical piece listed here]

Lawrence O Gostin, ‘Ebola: Towards an International Health Systems Fund‘, The Lancet, 4 September 2014

Pippa Page, ‘“Oh, dis Ebola business!” Thoughts on current responses to the virus’, African Arguments, 1 September 2014

Leigh Phillips, ‘The Political Economy of Ebola‘, Jacobin, 13 August 2014

Sara Reardon, ‘Ebola Treatments Caught in Limbo’, Nature, 31 July 2014

17 Responses to Towards a reading list on the Ebola crisis

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  3. Janice Flahiff says:

    Going to add some of these to our library’s blog, with full attribution to you, of course!

  4. dadakim says:

    These are great — thanks for including my blog. I’d also recommend the special issue of Cultural Anthropology, “Ebola in Perspective“, with a number of great contributions.

    At the Monkey Cage, we’ve also had a number of contributions about Ebola, many of which are tagged.

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  14. Monica Green says:

    I doubt that you are updating this list anymore, but from August to November 2014 I published “Teaching Notes on Ebola” that I collected for my course, “Global History of Health.” All the notes (which include live links to news reports, scientific studies, and other materials) remain posted open-access on my page:—Teaching-Documents. On another part of the page, I have posted the PowerPoint slides from lectures I gave in Fall 2014 and Spring 2015:—Talks.

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