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How the World’s Deadliest Ebola Outbreak Unfolded (full documentary)

01 Mar 2023
FRONTLINE told the vivid, inside story of how the biggest Ebola outbreak on record began and why it wasn’t stopped before it was too late. (Aired 2015)

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FRONTLINE spent months on the ground in West Africa, tracing the Ebola outbreak’s path through Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia in 2014 and 2015 and uncovering the hidden story of what happened before the world started paying attention. The documentary shared firsthand accounts from survivors and victims’ family members — from the forest region of Guinea to the bustling Liberian capital of Monrovia — including the father of a one-year-old Guinean child who was believed to be the first person to die in the outbreak.

With access to key global and local decision-makers and health responders, “Outbreak” exposed tragic missteps in the response to what would become the deadliest Ebola outbreak that the world had ever experienced. The documentary drew on revelatory and candid admissions of failure from key government and public health officials, some of whom were speaking publicly for the first time. The investigation raised prescient questions about whether governments and global health organizations had the capacity to respond at the right scale the next time the world faced a major infectious epidemic.

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“Outbreak” is a FRONTLINE production with Mongoose Pictures and Quicksilver Media in association with the BBC. The director and producer is Dan Edge. The producer is Sasha Joelle Achilli.

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Funding for FRONTLINE is provided through the support of PBS viewers and by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Additional funding is provided by the Abrams Foundation; the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation; Park Foundation; the Heising-Simons Foundation; and the FRONTLINE Journalism Fund with major support from Jon and Jo Ann Hagler on behalf of the Jon L. Hagler Foundation, and additional support from Koo and Patricia Yuen.

Prologue - 00:00
Where the 2014-16 Ebola Outbreak Is Believed to Have Begun - 0:34
The Ebola Virus Crosses Borders in West Africa in 2014 - 09:42
Ebola “Spreads Unchecked” in Sierra Leone in 2014 - 20:20
An Unprecedented Ebola Epidemic: The Death Count Rises - 29:10
Ebola Spreads in Monrovia, Liberia in August 2014 - 32:03
An Ebola Hospital Struggles in 2014 - 39:22
The International – and Local Liberian – Responses to Ebola in 2014-15 - 44:56
Credits - 51:55
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