FRONTLINE Investigates the Ebola Outbreak

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In a late-breaking, two-part special, FRONTLINE investigates two of the biggest stories out of Africa in recent months: the largest Ebola outbreak on record, and Nigeria’s fight against Boko Haram—the Islamist militant group that kidnapped nearly 300 schoolgirls in April. 

FRONTLINE goes inside an emergency field hospital run by Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), where the morgue is overflowing, and victims keep on coming. FRONTLINE also follows an investigator from Sierra Leone’s Ebola surveillance unit, who despite the risks, travels into villages looking for victims—and trying to identify and isolate everyone they might have come into contact with.

“People are dying left and right here,” says Sebastian Stein, who is part of the team at Doctors Without Borders’ emergency field hospital. “The symptoms are awful. The suffering of the patients is beyond speaking about … this is going to continue to grow, I’m afraid.”  

Ebola Outbreak & Hunting Boko Haram will air Tuesday, September 9, at 10 p.m. on PBS (check local listings) and will stream in full, for free, online at