My esteemed blogging colleagues have written much on the subject of the most recent and deadly Ebola outbreak(s). That's right; we now have the outbreak of two Ebola strains to be concerned about, one in Zaire and the other in the DR Congo. Certainly unprecedented in modern times, if not for its scope, but for the shear terrifying manner in which the virus does its dirty deed. Researchers say that the Zaire outbreak started when a fruit bat bit a 2-year old child and within a week both toddler and mother were dead. Fruit bats live in colonies around the world of sometimes thousands or even millions strong. This reminds me of the ‘super-herds’ represented by our large cities. In this case the butterfly effect so talked and written about has turned into a bat wing!
Hand Hygiene, Infection Prevention and Food Safety Blog
Ever heard of the Butterfly Effect? It’s a phenomenon conceptualized by the late MIT professor, Edward Lorenz, in which small, seemingly insignificant events such as the flapping of the wings of a butterfly can lead to dramatic differences in the larger context; in this case, a tornado thousands of miles away. The goal of Lorenz’s work was to point out the fragile nature of weather forecasting in a chaotic world but his analogy has become a staple in many different realms, including infection control.