Terry O'Sullivan is a professor of political science at the University of Akron. His research focuses on "the risk and dynamics of catastrophic infectious diseases threats from naturally occurring infectious disease outbreaks such as influenza and SARS, and from biological terrorism."
In this special podcast, O'Sullivan makes two important points.
First, Ebola poses a minimal threat to a country like the US, with a functional health care system. We may end up with a handful of cases, but because Ebola is difficult to transmit from person to person, it will be contained.
At the same time, there are pathogens lurking out there that can spread through a population like wildfire, and we are woefully unprepared for such threats.