What Stops Epidemics?

What has caused Ebola epidemics to end in past occurrences?

Previous outbreaks of Ebola appear to have continued only as long as a steady supply of victims came in contact with body fluids from the infected. The epidemics were resolved by teaching the local population about how to avoid spreading the disease and improving conditions at hospitals in impacted areas (unsterilized needles and syringes were a major factor in the 1976 outbreak in Zaire). Ebola's virulence may also serve to limit its spread: it's victims die so quickly that they don't have a chance to spread infection very far.

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