On November 26, GSL Investigator Mathieu Poirier published a co-authored study on the relationship between socio-economic status (SES) and the exposure to the Ebola virus in West Africa between 2014-2016. The article investigates the claim that poorer households and communities were disproportionally affected by the virus. A quantitative analysis of SES-data from Sierra Leone and Liberia, however, showed that the answer is not that simple.
While the study detected a positive association between level of education and exposure to Ebola, there was no clear overall correlation between household wealth and exposure to the virus. While in Sierra Leone, wealthier households were more likely to be exposed, the opposite was true for Liberia. The authors conclude that the results of their study illustrate that there is still a lot of work to be done to try to understand how the virus spread and how to prevent an outbreak of that magnitude in the future.
The full article can be read here.