Virus Hunters: Ebola and Tracking Viral Threats

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Children on the grounds of the Liberian Institute for Biological Research

Randal Schoepp, USAMRIID

Virus Hunters: Ebola and Tracking Viral Threats

Kojo talks with global virus hunters about their work, the deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa and how "medical diplomacy" is impacting health from the most remote village to the biggest metro area.

The Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa has already claimed more than 700 lives in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. As medical workers on the front lines rush to isolate victims and stop the virus, scientists around the world are racing to identify future hot-spots and learn how human-animal relationships effect outbreaks. Kojo talks with global virus hunters about their work, the deadly Ebola outbreak and how "medical diplomacy" is impacting health from the most remote village to the largest metro area.

Guests

Jonna Mazet

Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis; Principal Investigator and Co-Director, PREDICT

Daniel Lucey

Infectious Disease and Public Health Physician; Adjunct Professor of Microbiology and Immunology, Georgetown University Medical Center

Randal Schoepp

Chief, Applied Diagnostics Branch, U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases

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Scenes from Liberia's Ebola Testing Center

Randal Schoepp, chief of the Applied Diagnostics Branch of the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, has been studying and testing the Ebola virus that broke out in West Africa. He took these photos at the testing lab in Monrovia.

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