With 22,000 registered cases and a death toll of over 9,000, almost exclusively in Africa, the 2014 Ebola epidemic has been a tragedy of unprecedented scale.
The first cases were identified in March 2014. After appraising the risk, we launched an international alert in May. Indeed, we were the first assistance company to respond to the crisis; the international health authorities, including the World Health Organisation, made no public comment until several months later. Our customers were forewarned and forearmed two months before any official declarations were made.