In 1976 a deadly virus emerged from the Congo forest. As swiftly as it came, it disappeared, leaving no trace. Over the four decades since, the Ebola virus disease has emerged sporadically, each time to devastating effect. It can kill up to ninety percent of its victims. In between these outbreaks, it is untraceable, hiding deep in the jungle. The search is on to find Ebola’s elusive host animal, and until we find it, Ebola will continue to strike.
Acclaimed science writer and explorer David Quammen first encountered the virus while he was traveling in the jungles of Gabon with local men whose village had been devastated by a recent outbreak. Here he tells the story of Ebola—its past, present, and its unknowable future. Download and start listening now!