The second-worst Ebola outbreak in history continues to rage in Africa’s Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The disease’s fatality rate has reached 67%—higher than in previous outbreaks.
Negative mood increases societies’ susceptibility to infectious disease. It also fuels expressions of antagonism, discord and hostility. The DRC has no stock market, but just next door, the Uganda Securities Exchange is down 28% since last year. Meanwhile, efforts to stop Ebola are being hindered by fighting among the DRC’s rival militia groups, another sign of negatively trending mood.
Health officials are concerned that thousands of people fleeing the violence will carry the disease to neighboring countries. During the 2014-2016 Ebola epidemic, 11 people were treated for the disease in the U.S. Among them was a man who traveled from West Africa to visit family in Dallas, Texas. He died one week later.
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