The first episode of Viral focuses on Ebola, the "superbowl" of infectious diseases and the one that brought Jena and Dr. Adalja together. They explain how they met, why they wanted to start the podcast and what made the Ebola outbreak of 2014 a particularly devastating case study to understand the level of international preparedness in terms of infectious diseases, or lack thereof. The episode also features an interview with Ashoka Mukpo, the NBC camera man who contracted Ebola in West Africa as well as an interesting conversation on eyeballs.

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Jena cuts Dr. Adalja off almost every time he's speaking and it is quite annoying.