It seems like such a bad memory–predictions of millions dying just a few months ago. Now it seems that Ebola’s on the wane. Nothing to worry about, eh?
As Antidote makes clear, we have fewer and fewer ways to combat future viral and bacterial epidemics. There are only five classes of antibiotics available–and multi-resistant organisms have conquered all five already. The last bastion–gentamicin–was overcome for the first time in 1998 (ironically–in Atlanta, Georgia).
We aren’t safe from an epidemic. And terrorists are acquiring the tools to develop new strains.