By Irene F. Starkehaus -
Another American missionary doctor working in Liberia has tested positive for Ebola. In Sierra Leone, infected bodies of Ebola victims are reportedly piling up in the streets making it difficult for local health workers to contain the spread of this disease. The World Health Organization has just confirmed that the newly-identified cases of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in the Democratic Republic of Congo are not the same genetic strain currently circulating in Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Nigeria and warns that the world is losing the battle against the fledgling Ebola epidemic. As you know, it's a virus and viruses adapt… better than the WHO does as a matter of fact.
Depending on the news source, there have been either 200 deaths from Ebola annually since the early '70s or this number has been grossly underreported and could reach over 12,000 this year. So it follows that the WHO not only struggles to contain this deadly pathogen, it also struggles with basic reporting best practices.
With all this in mind, the World Health Organization finds itself in the middle of its annual pandemic hysteria drive, and like good little lambs, we react to the mania because we have no real information and a whole lot of fear mongering in the media to fuel the great fund-raising appeal for the greater good of world health. The growing prominence of the WHO in the battle against everything from Ebola to HIV to the flu to polio coupled with slapdash results should have Americans asking ourselves, "Who exactly is the WHO and how did this agency become so central to our perception of illness and disease?"