What’s an Ebola outbreak like?

Since most of my knowledge about Ebola comes from the movie Outbreak and from the adorable Giant Microbe, I found this interview really interesting. Tara Reid Smith [Ed: This is your brain on grad school.] of Aetiology interviews two first responders to the recent Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo. There’s a lot of good stuff on what Ebola symptoms really look like and on what it’s like to contain disease in an undeveloped country.


5 Responses to What’s an Ebola outbreak like?

  1. I’m glad you enjoyed it, but it’s Tara Smith–no relation to the actress. 🙂

  2. Good lord! I have no idea what happened there! I’m so sorry, and hope that was more flattering than disturbing. Especially in the context of contagious disease. :>)

  3. Amanda H. says:


    Awesome post, thanks! Yesterday, the weekly Journal Club at work was all about the classification of the western lowland gorilla as critically endangered, due in no small part to massive outbreaks of Ebola in Gabon and the DRC. These blogs were great for learning more about Ebola, and seeing how impossible it would be to apply the methods they use to treat people to treating the great apes. Scary stuff.


  4. Anna says:

    Unrelated to Ebola…..just discovered your site, cool to see all the coverage of the North Pacific Gyre. This issue certainly needs more exposure. I’ve been following the plastics plague since joining Captain Moore in 2004 to research the impacts of plastic waste on Albatross, more info and some pix here, frightening. Adding your blog to mine, will check back. Kudos!

  5. “Tara C. Smith is an Assistant Professor of Epidemiology”

    Wow, looked a lot different from what I expected of a Assistant Professor of Epidemiology. HA! Not that that is a bad thing.

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