The scorecard for Ebola in the U.S. is overwhelmingly positive. Despite widespread concern, the country has had only nine confirmed cases of the disease. Of those, just one has died. Seven have been cured and the ninth remains in treatment.

In contrast, the World Health Organization (WHO) said at the weekend that in the three West Africa countries with intense transmission — Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone — there have been 10,114 cases and 4,912 deaths.

Crudely, those numbers yield a mortality rate of 49% — markedly higher than the 12.5% fatality rate in the U.S.

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