Global Affairs| Volume 108, ISSUE 10, P604-605, 2014

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Ebola – contradictions between knowledge and communication

  • Gerd Antes
    Corresponding author: Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Gerd Antes, Director of German Cochrane Centre, Universitätsklinikum Freiburg, Berliner Allee 29, D-79110 Freiburg, Germany. Tel.: +49(0)761-203-6715; Fax: +49(0)761-203-6712,
    Director of German Cochrane Centre, Universitätsklinikum Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany
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      If the possible effects of a threat are difficult to identify and seem far away it leaves a lot of space for seemingly trustworthy assessments and statements that, however, very often do not withstand a more detailed examination. The spectrum of the customary, reflexive statements can currently be seen in Europe and North America in reaction to the humanitarian catastrophe of the Ebola epidemic in the West African countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
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