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A terrifying new disease is discovered in the tropical rainforest of Zaire. Can the outbreak be stopped before it reaches the country's capital Kinshasa? Dramatised by Mike Walker.

The true story of the 1976 discovery of the deadly Ebola virus, in the jungle of Zaire. The arrival in Antwerp of a thermos flask containing the blood of a dead Belgian nun was the first step on a path that led a small group of virologists to discover the deadly disease Ebola.

This drama tells the story of the risks taken by a young team of people, flown deep into the rainforest of Zaire, to study and fight the virus with only the most rudimentary of equipment.

Narrated by one of that 1976 team, Professor Peter Piot was a young trainee virologist based in Antwerp. He went on to run the UN AIDS programme and is now the head of the London School of Hygiene And Tropical Medicine.

Written by Mike Walker
Directed by Dirk Maggs

Produced by David Morley
A Perfectly Normal production for BBC Radio 4.

45 minutes

Last on

Thu 18 Dec 2014 14:15


Role Contributor
Narrator Peter Piot
Peter Piot Ben Crowe
Breman William Hope
Sister Veronika Tracy Wiles
Dr Muamba Jude Owusu
Guido Tom Alexander
McCormick Nathaniel Martello-White
Johnson Martin Sherman
Myriam Samantha Beart
Writer Mike Walker
Director Dirk Maggs
Producer David Morley


  • Thu 18 Dec 2014 14:15

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