NOVA: Surviving Ebola

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The fast-moving Ebola outbreak in west Africa continues to make news. The CDC has begun referring to the Ebola outbreak as an epidemic, and recently projected that up to 1.4 million cases could be reported by January 2015.

In December, 2013, in a small village in West Africa, a young boy died from the dreaded disease, Ebola. Over the next nine months the virulent killer would claim more victims than all previous Ebola epidemics put together. And for the first time, the disease escaped the isolated, rural villages where it had first appeared, and traveled in infected patients by air to densely populated cities in several African countries. As the epidemic threatens to spiral out of control, NOVA reports from the hot zone, where courageous medical teams struggle to cope with a flood of victims, to labs where scientists are racing to test vaccines and find a cure. “Surviving Ebola" includes chilling first-hand interviews of what it’s like to catch—and—survive this terrible affliction.

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