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    these episodes burnt out very quickly

    Quote from VOA news:
    A new report says sub-Saharan Africans rate their health and health care systems among the worst in the world. Nevertheless, improving health is not their top priority.
    The report’s been released as Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone continue to fight the Ebola outbreak – a situation that was made worse by the poor state of their health systems.
    Angus Deaton, co-author of the study, said, “I think most of us thought these episodes burnt out very quickly and this one didn’t. And I think that was surprising to a lot of people. But – and this is relevant for our work – health care systems in sub-Saharan Africa are very poorly organized and very badly done. And of course that certainly contributed to the difficulties of bringing it under control.”

    What does "these episodes" refer to here?

    Thanks.

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    #2

    Re: these episodes burnt out very quickly

    I think it means "outbreaks of Ebola virus infection".

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    Re: these episodes burnt out very quickly

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    I think it means "outbreaks of Ebola virus infection".
    then what does "this one " refer to?

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    #4

    Re: these episodes burnt out very quickly

    The outbreak reported in the second paragraph.

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    #5

    Re: these episodes burnt out very quickly

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    The outbreak reported in the second paragraph.
    So there must've been many Ebola outbreaks before 2014 outbreak.

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    #6

    Re: these episodes burnt out very quickly

    The first outbreak was discovered in the 1970's.

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    #7

    Re: these episodes burnt out very quickly

    There's a time line graph on this page
    http://www.vox.com/2014/6/26/5839394...ning-right-now

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