The Co-Discoverer of the Ebola Virus Explains Why We Weren’t Prepared

October 5, 2014 2:38 PM

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The Co-Discoverer of the Ebola Virus Explains Why We Weren’t Prepared

Ebola was discovered almost 40 years ago.

Peter Piot is a professor of global health and director of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. In 1976 he co-discovered the Ebola virus while working at the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp, Belgium. He says it wasn’t thought a major public health threat—until now.

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