PBS NewsHour Science Correspondent Miles O’Brien Reports on Developments in Ebola Research

WASHINGTON, DC (June 1, 2015) – Science correspondent Miles O’Brien will report on the latest developments in Ebola research in a four-part series airing on the PBS NewsHour June 4, 5, 11, and 12, 2015 (check local listings). Reporting from Sierra Leone, Liberia and the United States, O’Brien spoke with the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Thomas Frieden, and the head of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Disease, Dr. Anthony Fauci, as well as top American and African researchers about efforts to better understand and combat the deadly virus.

In part I of the series, premiering Thursday, June 4, O’Brien follows researchers in the field as they seek to understand where diseases like Ebola come from and where they hide between human outbreaks. Many Zoonotic diseases, including Ebola, are viruses that circulate harmlessly in most animals but cause severe, often lethal, illness when transferred to humans. Lina Moses, an epidemiologist and disease ecologist with Tulane University’s Viral Hemorrhagic Fever Program, leads a team of researchers in Sierra Leone who are studying zoonotic diseases and how they make the jump from animals to humans. O’Brien speaks to Moses and others about their efforts to trap and study these dangerous viruses.

These four reports are part of a larger PBS NewsHour series showcasing research and technological innovations with the potential to help treat Ebola or prevent its spread. Support for this series is provided by the National Science Foundation. View past reports in the series here and here.

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