It was October 1976 in Atlanta, and a disease that no one had ever seen was coming into focus. Word came from an amateur radio network in Africa that the mystery illness had killed hundreds of people in just over a month. The chief of the viral pathology branch at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was standing over an electron microscope. Dr. Frederick Murphy, now a professor of pathology at UTMB, was the first to see this unknown killer up close. The virus would eventually be named after a river in then Zaire, now the Democratic Republic of Congo. Murphy recalled his first encounter with Ebola, why it scared him and what might be done to control the current outbreak in West Africa.