ABC’s Dr. Richard Besser the Only American Reporter to Go Inside the Ward Where Victims of the Deadly Ebola Virus in Africa are Being Isolated
ABC’s chief health and medical editor Dr. Richard Besser reports exclusively from inside the epicenter of the rare and deadly Ebola outbreak in Uganda. He is the only American journalist embedded with a team from the Center for Disease Control as they assist the Ugandan government in controlling of one of the world’s deadliest viruses, which has already taken at least 17 lives. Dr. Besser will give viewers a rare look inside the Ebola ward where the infected are being isolated from the rest of the population to prevent the spread of the brutal disease. His exclusive reports, “Inside the Hot Zone: The Ebola Outbreak,” will air MONDAY, AUGUST 6 on “World News with Diane Sawyer” and later this week on “Nightline.” Besser’s first report aired this morning on “Good Morning America.”
“I’ve been in buildings in which anthrax has been released; I’ve tracked cholera across South America. I don’t think I’ve been in an setting that felt more unsettling than the Ebola ward,” Besser said in a post on ABCNews.com.
Before joining ABC News Dr. Besser served as Acting Director for the CDC and Acting Administrator for the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry from January to June 2009. HIS full bio is available here.