Rare Footage Shows Discovery Of Ebola In 1976

October 24, 2014 5:07 PM

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In the fall of 1976, an international team of researchers arrived in Yambuku, a small village in the north of Zaire, the country now known as the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The researchers had traveled thousands of miles to research a mysterious illness that was spreading rapidly and had killed many in the area.

Doctors had first learned of the disease in September of that year, when a thermos carrying blood samples from a Belgian nun working in Yambuku arrived at the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp, Belgium. Initial suspicions that the nurse was infected with the deadly Maburg virus proved wrong,...

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