National Institute Of Allergy And Infectious Essay

1720 Words Mar 21st, 2015 7 Pages
Much like the virus itself, the geographically specific prevalence as well as perceptions of the Ebola virus within certain societies have evolved between the years 1990 and 2015. The current number of cases as well as social views and beliefs about Ebola are society specific and therefore geographically specific. Economic, cultural and lifestyle differences serve as determinants of these contrasting perceptions of Ebola between 1st and 3rd world countries. The ‘perception–behavior link’ described by T.Chartrand and J Bargh (the Chameleon effect 1990 ) explains how societies adopt common perceptions which in turn shapes their behaviour. The large scale social perceptions can therefore shape the behaviour of societies in response to the Ebola virus, thus resulting in geographical trends in the prevalence of the disease. It is these differences between 1st and 3rd world socially constructed perceptions. which have been shaped by different social environments, that affect the number of cases of Ebola within a given area. It is these countervailing ‘social environments’ and ‘perceptions’ that will be critically analysed and discussed in this essay.

National institute of allergy and infectious diseases (NIAID) ‘primarily’ controlled by first world countries allocated $4.3 billion for Ebola research in 2004 (Lauren Carroll 2014). The increase in scientific information is therefore the foundation upon which first world perceptions are built. In contrast to this however, countries…

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