The Ebola epidemic sweeping Africa is causing enormous fear due to its aggressiveness and high mortality rate. There is a feeling that the international community is unable to contain the spread of a disease for which there is no specific treatment. Ebola, like many other diseases, is a reflection of the imbalances on our planet. A basic understanding of what Ebola is, where the virus that causes it comes from, how it is transmitted, its most typical symptoms and the tests for its diagnosis is essential in order to contain it. It is necessary to place the importance of this disease in context, along with the use and ethical problems of experimental treatments and vaccinations.
Guillermo Quindós, Professor of Microbiology at the University of the Basque Country UPV/EHU, will give a talk entitled ‘Fear in the times of Ebola’ on Wednesday, 15th October at 7pm. Zientziateka is a monthly initiative organised by the Chair of Scientific Culture of the UPV/EHU and AlhóndigaBilbao to raise awareness of current scientific matters.