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Ebola Q & A with infectious disease experts Smith and Racaniello Part 1

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Joining host, Microbiologist and Editor of the news site, Outbreak News Today,  Robert Herriman to discuss and clarify the situation in West Africa is Tara Smith, PhD, Associate Professor with the Department of Biostatistics, Environmental Health Sciences, and Epidemiology at Kent State University’s College of Public Health.

During the segment Herriman quizzed Dr. Smith on topics of how the situation in West Africa got to the point of where it is–unprecedented high numbers of cases and deaths dwarfing all previous Ebola outbreaks. What factors led to the enormous, in Ebola terms, outbreak; how did “patient zero” likely get infected and what did Nigeria do so well to squash a potential disaster in Africa’s most populous country?