Understanding the Deadly Ebola Virus

A nurse of the 'Doctors without Borders' medical aid organization examines a patient in the in-take area at a center for victims of the Ebola virus in southern Guinea.  - SEYLLOU/AFP/Getty Images

A nurse of the 'Doctors without Borders' medical aid organization examines a patient in the in-take area at a center for victims of the Ebola virus in southern Guinea.

SEYLLOU/AFP/Getty Images

Understanding the Deadly Ebola Virus

Since March the Ebola virus has killed nearly 700 people in four African countries, the worst outbreak in history. We talk about understanding the nature of the virus and the fight to stop its spread.

The latest Ebola outbreak is being called the worst in history. The virus has killed nearly 700 people since March in Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia. The president of Sierra Leone has declared a public health emergency, and Liberia’s government is putting communities on quarantine. In the past week, the disease claimed Sierra Leone’s top Ebola doctor and the first American to die in this outbreak. While experts say a U.S. epidemic is unlikely, international concern is growing as the disease shows no signs of slowing its spread. Understanding the deadly Ebola virus, and the international effort to contain it.

Guests

Dr. Anthony Fauci

director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health.

Laurie Garrett

senior fellow for global health, the Council on Foreign Relations.

Dr. Daniel Lucey

infectious disease and public health physician; adjunct professor of microbiology and immunology at Georgetown University Medical Center.

Dr. Billy Fischer

physician and associate program director for research in pulmonary diseases and critical care medicine, University of North Carolina School of Medicine.

Where Has Ebola Spread?

Last week, the Centers for Disease Control released this map of where the deadly disease has spread in Africa.

Outbreak: Guinea 2014 | Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever | CDC

Dispatch From Guinea

Billy Fischer, a physician and associate program director for research in pulmonary diseases and critical care medicine at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, posted updates last month from Guinea, where he was treating patients.

Read some of his entries below.
Dispatch from Guinea: Containing Ebola

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