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Outbreak (03:18)


A crazed man, infected with Ebola, runs around the streets of Liberia. Nine months earlier, children discuss killing bats nesting in a hollow tree. Bats are suspected of carrying this deadly virus.

Epicenter of Ebola (02:42)

Etienne Ouamouno, of the Melinandou Village, thought that his family members were victims of witchcraft. Augustine Momodouno, the village medic, describes his attempt to treat Etienne's pregnant wife.

Hemorrhagic Fever (03:06)

In January 2014, a traditional healer gathers village members to eradicate the disease. The deaths continue. Etienne's mother leaves the village to seek treatment and spreads the disease.

Disease Control Center (01:59)

On March 22, 2014, Doctors Without Borders set-up a field hospital in the town of Gueckedou. The key to stopping Ebola is to isolate the sick, monitor the infected, and safely bury the dead.

Politics of an Epidemic (03:09)

Officials in Guinea establish daily meetings to discuss disease control, but a lack of experience and knowledge leads to indecisiveness. The disease spreads to Guinea's capital, Conakry, but the Ministry of Health refuses to acknowledge this as an epidemic.

Ebola Spreads Internationally (02:12)

The Ministry of Health stops investigating unconfirmed Ebola cases. Infected people cross into neighboring country, Sierra Leone, freely.

Healer's Funeral (02:52)

WHO informs Sierra Leone's government that an infected person, Louise, has crossed into their country. On April 8, 2014, popular traditional healer, Mendinor, dies of Ebola. Traditional burial practices play a large role in the spread of the virus.

Death Toll Grows (03:06)

The outbreak spreads throughout Sierra Leone and Liberia. In May 2014, Sierra Leone turns to an American company, Metabiota, for aid in disease control. The government decides to treat patients in a state hospital in Kenema.

Wasted Time and Lost Lives (01:48)

Sierra Leone's government calls in Doctors Without Borders to construct an Ebola clinic. A lack of contact tracing means hundreds of cases go undetected.

On the Brink of Chaos (04:19)

WHO hesitates to declare an international health emergency, instead it opens up a new coordination center in Guinea. By July 3, 2014, Panama hospital in Sierra Leone is overwhelmed.

International Emergency (02:47)

The outbreak has now killed more than 800 people in three countries. An infected Liberian takes the virus to Nigeria, Africa's most populous country. When two American missionaries are infected, WHO declares an emergency.

West Point Slum (03:34)

By August 2014, the virus hits Liberia's West Point slum. Monrovia's Ebola clinic fills rapidly, leaving people dying in the streets. Finda Fallah and her six children are forced in a new isolation center after the death of her husband.

Loss of Control (03:48)

In Monrovia, rumors spread that Ebola is a hoax to kill poor Africans, and the isolation center is overrun. West Point is now out of control. On August 19, 2014 Ellen Johnson Sirleaf places the entire slum under quarantine.

ELWA 3 (03:30)

Doctors Without Borders construct the largest Ebola hospital in the world. Doctors discuss their routine at the hospital.

No Room for the Dying (02:05)

When Finda and her children arrive at ELWA 3, there is no room for them. Her youngest son dies in her arms.

Exponential Spread of Ebola (02:59)

Doctors Without Borders makes a plea for the U.S. to send thousands of soldiers for support. Tom Frieden contacts President Barack Obama.

Changing Behaviors (04:00)

By October 2014, Ebola cases in Monrovia began to drop sharply. With death all around, Liberians begin changing how they live their lives. Officially, more than 10,000 people die.

Credits: Outbreak (02:39)

Credits: Outbreak

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Why wasn't the Ebola outbreak stopped? When the largest Ebola outbreak on record began to devastate West Africa, why did it take so long for the world to respond? This film tells the vivid, inside story of how and why the Ebola outbreak in West Africa wasn't stopped before it was too late, drawing on revelatory and candid admissions of failure from key government and public health officials, including the President of Liberia, the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and multiple top World Health Organization officials. From the jungles of Guinea to the slums of Monrovia, Outbreak exposes tragic missteps in the response to the epidemic. Award-winning journalist Dan Edge (The Wounded Platoon) and his team spent four months in West Africa tracing Ebola's path, interweaving material filmed inside the Ebola zone with the timeline of the world's response to lay out the turning points of how this tragedy might have been avoided. Outbreak raises questions about whether governments and global health organizations have the capacity to respond at the right scale the next time the world faces a major infectious epidemic. Distributed by PBS Distribution. 

Length: 57 minutes

Item#: BVL114691

Copyright date: ©2015

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