Exploding the Ebola Myth

There is no Ebola in Tanzania. Africa is a big continent and Ebola is in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia. To put this in context it is as far from Tanzania as London is from Toronto.

.Ebola Africa Map

 

From the map you will see that the vast majority of countries are green – i.e. no confirmed Ebola. The red area in the west represents the outbreak – many thousands of miles from here

However, to here this disease being reported you get the idea that the whole of Africa is affected. People don’t generally travel from West Africa to East Africa and at the moment most countries are imposing restrictions on those that do. There have been isolated cases in the Democratic Republic of Congo (an enormous country which borders Tanzania) but the government here has imposed restriction on people’s movements and on the lakes which share the border the lakes which form part of  the border fishermen face travel restrictions. On arrival in August we were scanned at the airport for signs of fever as we entered Dar Es Salaam airport. So they are certainly taking things seriously here. But there is no Ebola in Tanzania unlike in the US where people have died of the disease.

The problem is that countries without Ebola are being lumped together in one great big pot and so tourism is suffering. On safari last week our guide and others told us of  the big downturn in visitors and that many were cancelling or delaying their holidays fearing Ebola. These decisions stem from a lack of understanding of Geography. Remember Africa is bigger than Europe and US  put together.

Africa vs Europe and US

There is probably more chance of Ebola in London than here in Mwanza and it would be sad if the tourism industry died here because of unwarranted fears.

3 responses to “Exploding the Ebola Myth

  1. So glad you have highlighted the problems surrounding Ebola. It is good to be prepared ! But not to panic and let fear rule.

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  2. It’s good to know you are so far from infected countries! Thanks for the info and the link to further info on Ebolar. There is certainly a lot of hysteria about this virus, understandable in the heat of such a rapidly spreading and deadly disease!

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  3. Well written and the ‘U.S. Europe and Borneo in Africa’ map illustrates the reasons for confusion and assumption. Well done 👍😊

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