Modern transportation has made the world a much smaller place. That’s made very clear by the fact that Patrick Sawyer, who just died of Ebola, was close to boarding a plane to make it home in time for the birthday party of his twin daughters. From The Daily Beast: “He Could Have Brought Ebola Here.”

+ Vox: What would happen if Ebola made it to the United States?

+ “FiveThirtyEight: We still don’t know how deadly the ebola outbreak in West Africa will be.

+ Time: Ebola by the numbers.