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Ebola Outbreak (02:04)


CDC officials track the virus' spread. BBC Horizon meets doctors working on the front line and follows the race for a cure.

Patient Zero (02:09)

On December 6, 2013 a child in Guinea died of a mysterious fever—the first suspected Ebola case. Experts suspect he ate a fruit bat carrying the virus; learn how it spread regionally.

Ebola Frontlines (01:54)

The CDC believes a delay in identifying the virus will make it harder to contain. A nurse describes patient despair at a Doctors Without Borders treatment center in Guinea.

Ebola Physiology (01:13)

Learn how the virus reproduces and causes internal bleeding, diarrhea, and vomiting. 50% of patients survive; those with compromised immune systems suffer organ failure.

Handling Ebola Victims (00:54)

Most patients die within 12 days, but their bodies remain contagious. Learn how they are disinfected and disposed of.

Ebola Discovery (02:28)

The virus was identified in 1976 in Antwerp, Belgium. Scientists describe traveling to its source at a mission station in the Congo.

Ebola Infection (03:22)

Belgian scientists recall discovering how the disease was spread through physical contact and bodily fluids during a 1976 Congo outbreak.

Ebola Research (01:45)

British scientists study the virus to develop diagnostic technology and treatment.

Diagnosing Ebola (00:54)

Identifying patients quickly is important for containment. A British health worker describes testing blood samples in close patient proximity.

Inadequate Healthcare Systems (01:36)

By April 2014, Ebola spread from Guinea to Sierra Leone and Liberia. A nurse describes how the disease overwhelmed hospitals in Monrovia.

Preparing for Disease Spread (01:48)

The current outbreak is the worst since 1976. As the West African death toll increased, British teams readied isolation facilities.

Spreading to Nigeria (01:56)

On July 20, a man arriving from Monrovia collapsed in Lagos airport. Within a month several others were infected with Ebola—raising air travel concerns and pressuring scientists to find a cure.

Surviving Ebola (03:29)

In 2000, an outbreak infected 425 people in Gulu, Uganda. Survivors describe contracting the disease and symptoms.

Searching for Ebola Cure (03:13)

Virologists study Ebola survivors to understand their immune systems. They collect blood samples in Gulu to isolate key antibodies and study long term effects.

Immune System Research (02:17)

Uganda virologists study blood samples from Ebola survivors to understand how their antibodies defeated the virus. It will take up to five years to develop and test a vaccine.

ZMapp (04:44)

U.S. health workers Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol contracted Ebola in Liberia. Learn how they opted to take an experimental drug, and ethical questions involved.

ZMapp Origins (02:08)

Dr. Gary Kobinger explains how he used Ebola virus protein "spikes" to transfer genes for a cystic fibrosis treatment, and how it inspired him to research an Ebola cure.

Private Ebola Research (01:46)

Dr. Charles Arntzen explains how the virus' designation as a bio-terrorism threat provided funding to work on a cure.

Developing ZMapp (03:25)

Kobinger used antibodies produced by monkeys exposed to Ebola for an experimental drug. Brantly decided to risk the untested cure and his condition improved.

ZMapp Function (02:56)

Learn how the drug provides antibodies to slow Ebola's spread, allowing the immune system to create its own. 100% of infected monkeys recovered with multiple doses.

ZMapp Ethical Issues (01:09)

Brantly speaks to reporters about surviving Ebola. American workers were given treatment before African patients—raising questions.

Race for ZMapp (02:34)

Learn how tobacco plant proteins are used to make antibodies used in the Ebola treatment. The process is time consuming and difficult to scale up.

Ebola Human Cost (01:31)

As researchers search for a vaccine, the epidemic continues to spread in West Africa. A nurse recalls a patient's death without pain relief.

Credits: Ebola: The Search for a Cure (00:43)

Credits: Ebola: The Search for a Cure

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The Ebola virus. No one knows exactly where it comes from but one thing is certain—it’s one of the most virulent infections known to science. This special episode of Horizon meets the scientists and doctors from all around the world looking for the cure and hears first-hand accounts of what it’s actually like to catch—and survive—this terrible disease. A BBC Production.

Length: 53 minutes

Item#: BVL60226

ISBN: 978-1-60057-407-8

Copyright date: ©2014

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