Doug, his fellow Marines, and the Liberian government were greeted the next day with the comforting knowledge that an unknown number of Ebola-exposed people were now loose and unchecked in a city packed with over a million people. And to finish off our Pandemic Movie Bingo sheet, the government immediately lied to try to cover up the danger of the situation. "Once word got out that there might be infected people in the city, the government -- like any government would have done -- simply announced, 'We've tracked them down. The situation is under control!'"
They hadn't, and it wasn't.
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When the government says that they're handling an epidemic "by the book," the book in question shouldn't be The Stand.
"About a month later, Ebola cases started popping up everywhere. Remote villages were reporting numerous cases, but more alarming was that it was all over Monrovia. By April, it was getting our full attention." In mid-June, a little over two months after that fateful cab ride, more than 10,000 people were infected. Around that time, one of Liberia's top doctors (who was a former aide to the president) died -- the first Liberian doctor to succumb to the epidemic.
"There were now 50 to 60 new cases a day in Liberia -- not to mention cases were exploding in neighboring Sierra Leone and Guinea. The entire region couldn't ignore it at this point."