Which news should be bigger?

The news is all about Ebola these days. This virus-caused disease has resulted in more than 1,300 deaths in mostly 3 countries in west Africa – Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. (Ebola was first found on the banks of Ebola river in Zaire, hence the name.)

Transmitting through body fluids, symptoms develop within 3 weeks of infection. Up to 90% of the infected people die. Although not too contagious since it is doesn’t spread through air, each virus is dangerous – a single virus inside one’s body can prove fatal.

Enough to scare anyone.

Countries throughout the world are terrified it will spread to their lands. Posters were recently put up in my office.

1.3K deaths in 6 months in these 3 sparsely populated countries is huge (a look at their sparseness – their combined population is roughly equal to 1 Indian metropolis, Mumbai).

But among all the many news articles I read on the internet, I came across this one. Calling it eye-opening is an understatement.

Ebola might be a great killer in these 3 countries, but malaria has killed 30 times more people in the same 6 months. 30 times!

Not to mention that malaria is preventable as well as curable.

This was both very surprising and sad to me.

What should the true focus of news be? Shouldn’t malaria be brought to the attention and given at least as much coverage as Ebola?