[Correspondence] The predicament of patients with suspected Ebola – Authors’ reply

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We thank Thomas Mayrhofer and colleagues for offering their threshold model as an explanation for patients’ aversion to accessing Ebola facilities during the recent Ebola outbreak in west Africa. We agree that this threshold model provides a rational and more elegant explanation of patients’ avoidance of ill-equipped and poorly sanitised holding centres; however, such an explanation was not the goal of our Comment.1 Instead, we aimed to produce a reductio ad absurdum2 of rationalist approaches to understanding behaviour during the Ebola outbreak.

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[Correspondence] The predicament of patients with suspected Ebola – Authors’ reply