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Jonathan Epstein

What Drives Ebola: Q&A with Assistant Clinical Professor Jonathan Epstein

The latest outbreak of Ebola, a fast-moving, often lethal viral disease, in West Africa has drawn renewed attention to the virus and others like it that leap from wild animals to humans.

Veterinarian and epidemiologist Jonathan Epstein, V02, MPH02, studies Ebola, Nipah virus, severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) and other so-called zoonotic diseases (those transmitted by animals) that have emerged in Asia and Africa. Epstein spoke with Tufts Now about the origins of the Ebola virus and why it has taken hold in West Africa as the worst Ebola outbreak in history, according to the World Health Organization, which declared it an international public health emergency. 

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