Anthony Cummins

The mask of death

Anthony Cummins finds breezy irony in Amir Tag Elsir’s disturbing novel about the first outbreak of Ebola 40 years ago

Remember Ebola? It killed more than 8,000 people last year — before we were all Charlie — with a quarter as many again dying since January. Almost all the deaths have occurred in the war-weakened west African states of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone; no licensed drug or vaccine yet exists for a virus that claimed its first victim almost 40 years ago in Zaire, now the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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