The Ebola virus was identified in the 1970s in a tiny village in the Democratic Republic of Congo - where an intrepid team of researchers ventured to learn more. Among them was United States-born David Heymann, now a Professor of Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. VOA’s Henry Ridgwell spoke to the professor about his career, and his thoughts on the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
An estimated 35 million people around the world are living with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. And the U.S. Centers for Disease control estimates some 39 million people worldwide have died of the disease since the epidemic began. While much progress has been made in treating HIV and AIDS, the fight against the disease continues. VOA's Bernard Shusman tells us about one such effort in New York City, where a community health care truck was out testing the public on World Aids Day.