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25 years ago, a different Ebola outbreak in Reston, VA

8/11/2014

WJLA-TV ABC7
By Matthew BaraKat, Associated Press

RESTON, Va. (AP) - It had all the makings of a public-health horror story: an outbreak of a wildly deadly virus on the doorstep of the nation's capital, with dozens of lab monkeys dead, multiple people testing positive, and no precedent in this country on how to contain it.

Americans' introduction to the Ebola virus came 25 years ago in an office park near Washington Dulles International Airport, a covert crisis that captivated the public only years later when it formed the basis of a bestselling book.

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