Frederick Uncut Podcast

The Democratic Republic of Congo is experiencing the second-largest outbreak of Ebola.

As of June 1, the World Health Organization confirmed 1,900 cases with 1,245 confirmed deaths.

An international response team from Battelle’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases’ Integrated Research Facility traveled to the DRC to help train local responders on testing Ebola samples. The team also goes to Liberia to work on ongoing clinical trials.

Bonnie Dighero-Kemp and Gregory Kocher join producer Heather Mongilio in the podcast studio to speak about their work with Ebola.

Fort Detrick’s connection to Ebola extends back to the late 1970s, when Ebola was discovered. Later in the episode, Dr. John Dye, with the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, joins Mongilio to talk about the hemorrhagic fever and the advances USAMRIID has made.

Finally, Cols. Nancy and Jerry Jaax, who worked for USAMRIID in the 1980s and were featured in Richard Preston’s “The Hot Zone,” now a National Geographic Channel show, will speak with Mongilio.

A new episode of Frederick Uncut comes out every Tuesday.

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— Staff reports

Heather Mongilio is the health and Fort Detrick reporter for the Frederick News-Post. She can be reached at

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Heather, the National Geographic miniseries is mostly fiction. I would like to know why the makers of the show gave Nancy Jaxx credit for identifying Ebola in the Reston monkeys, when it was really Thomas Geisbert and Peter Jahrling. The former was written out of the show and the latter was made to look reckless. The show goes out of its way to depict men as bumbling fools who keep women down, which was not in fact the case but apparently makes for a better story.

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