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No, Seriously, How Contagious Is Ebola? – [US] NPR/by Michaeleen Doucleff

October 8, 2014

Health

contagious diseases and likelihoodRESIZED

“I have no doubt that we will control this importation, or case, of Ebola so that it does not spread widely in this country,” said the director of the CDC, Dr. Tom Frieden.

Why is Frieden so sure this virus won’t spread beyond a handful of cases?

It boils down to something called “R0.”

The reproduction number, or “R nought,” is a mathematical term that tells you how contagious an infectious disease is. Specifically, it’s the number of people who catch the disease from one sick person, on average, in an outbreak.*

http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2014/10/02/352983774/no-seriously-how-contagious-is-ebola?utm_source=npr_newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=20141005&utm_campaign=mostemailed&utm_term=nprnews

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