Short Wave: The Congolese Doctor Who Discovered Ebola

Jean-Jacques Muyembe is a Congolese doctor who headed up the response to the recent Ebola outbreak in Congo.

Back in 1976, he was the first doctor to collect a sample of the virus. But his crucial role in discovering Ebola is often overlooked. NPR’s East Africa correspondent Eyder Peralta helps us correct the record.

Follow Eyder on Twitter — he’s @eyderp and Maddie’s @maddie_sofia.

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This episode was produced by Rebecca Ramirez and edited by Viet Le.


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