Three countries in western Africa — Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone — are in the midst of the planet’s worst-ever Ebola outbreak, marking the first time the disease has ever been detected in the region.
As of July 8, 2014, 539 people have died as a result of the epidemic out of a total of 888 confirmed, probable and suspected cases. But those numbers are steadily rising as health workers on the ground have described the outbreak as “out of control.”
6 Questions About Ebola, Answered, from Mashable, covers the origins, symptoms and transmission of the deadly virus.
The documentary about Ebola from Al-Jazeera explains the research for the cure.