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New Frontline doc “Ebola Outbreak” delves into the reality of a killer virus




A staffer for Doctors Without Borders (MSF), suits up in protective clothing before entering a high-risk area of the MSF Ebola treatment center on August 21, 2014 near Monrovia, Liberia.
A staffer for Doctors Without Borders (MSF), suits up in protective clothing before entering a high-risk area of the MSF Ebola treatment center on August 21, 2014 near Monrovia, Liberia.
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Over 3,700 people have been killed by the Ebola outbreak that is centralized in West Africa. Even two Americans contracted the virus abroad, but have since been classified as healthy and allowed to return to their homes. Wael Dabbous, a producer and director of observational documentaries, has produced a new film, “Ebola Outbreak,” that highlights the devastating effects of the disease and the struggle to contain its spread.

Dabbous documents the work at an emergency field hospital run by Doctors Without Borders, and follows prevention specialists around Sierra Leone who go in search of infected individuals in order to isolate and destroy the virus. The filmmaker joins us to talk about the dangers and obstacles of fighting Ebola.

Some of Dabbous’ past works include “Syria Undercover,” where he broke the country’s ban on foreign media and won an Emmy for Outstanding Coverage of a Breaking News Story. His work has been featured in many outlets, including National Geographic, Discovery and the BBC.

“Ebola Outbreak” premieres Tuesday, Sept. 9, on PBS at 10 pm on our local PBS station, KOCE.

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Wael Dabbous, his most recent documentary is FRONTLINE's "Ebola Outbreak," premiering Tuesday, September 9 on PBS. He joins us from London.