Dr. Gulick is a professor of medicine and chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases at Weill Medical College of Cornell University, and an attending physician at the New York Presbyterian Hospital in New York City.
Well, there certainly are parallels, where a virus seemingly comes out of nowhere. This one, Ebola, rapidly spreads between people. It's in an area of the world that doesn't have a lot of resources, in terms of even trying to protect person-to-person transmission. It has rapidly become a health crisis, not just for the countries, the three countries, where it's rampant, but also the rest of the world. It reminds us (another parallel with HIV) that air travel can spread diseases from one corner of the globe to the other pretty quickly. And it's sort of a lesson to us.
Many people have said, "This reminds me of HIV, back in the day, with a high mortality rate. And are we doing enough?" -- the kinds of questions that we thought we had answered once and for all for HIV and are now being reposed with Ebola.