Predicting Ebola

The Ebola epidemic in West Africa erupted out of the blue ... or did it?

Killing more than 1,000 people across four West African countries, and with no sign of abating anytime soon, it’s a cruel and gruesome fate to be sure.

But according to a US-based think tank, that a disease like Ebola has taken hold in west Africa should come as no surprise. Indeed, the region was ripe for such an epidemic, the Socionomic Institute argues, but not for the reasons you might think.

Sure, it’s an area plagued by disease and malnutrition, and it has one of the lowest living standards in the