New Clues Emerge On How Ebola Spread through West Africa

May 5, 2015
/

Last year, Sheri Fink, a reporter for The New York Times, spent weeks reporting in West Africa, trying to find out where the Ebola outbreak came from, and how it spread.

During her investigation, she uncovered new clues about how Ebola made its way from Guinea into neighboring Sierra Leone. Experts had initially concluded that the disease spread rapidly there after a funeral for a popular traditional healer named Mendinor. But then Fink learned of another woman, Sia Wanda, who had become sick long before Mendinor died.

Fink’s findings raised an important question: Could there have been a chance to stop the disease before it claimed more than 10,000 lives?

Follow Fink’s investigation in the video below, and read her latest story on scientists’ efforts to map the spread of the virus here.

In order to foster a civil and literate discussion that respects all participants, FRONTLINE has the following guidelines for commentary. By submitting comments here, you are consenting to these rules:

Readers' comments that include profanity, obscenity, personal attacks, harassment, or are defamatory, sexist, racist, violate a third party's right to privacy, or are otherwise inappropriate, will be removed. Entries that are unsigned or are "signed" by someone other than the actual author will be removed. We reserve the right to not post comments that are more than 400 words. We will take steps to block users who repeatedly violate our commenting rules, terms of use, or privacy policies. You are fully responsible for your comments.

blog comments powered by Disqus
Support Provided By Learn more