Origins of the 2014-16 Ebola outbreak in West Africa: FOI documents & litigation

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In January 2023, U.S. Right to Know began submitting public records requests to public institutions in an effort to discover what is known about the origins of the 2014-2016 Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa.

The documents we obtained from public records requests are posted below in chronological order.

We are also filing freedom of information (FOI) lawsuits as part of our efforts to uncover what our government knows of the origins of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. These lawsuits are also posted below.

For more information, see our fact sheet about what is known so far and why we are conducting this investigation.

FOI documents obtained

University of Texas Medical Branch

UTMB Tom Geisbert and Bob Cross emails batch #1 (8.14.23) (220 pages)

National Institute of Health (NIH) records

NIAID Tulane Kenema grants batch #1 (produced first for Emmanuel Freudenthal) (8.14.23) (822 pages)

FOI lawsuits filed

(1) U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: On August 14, 2023, USRTK filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for violating the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act. The lawsuit, filed in the Northern District of California, seeks records for two FOIA requests, filed on January 24, 2023 and January 31, 2023. The FOIA requests to HHS and CDC seek communications to or from one former HHS employee and four CDC employees relating to the origin of the Ebola outbreak. Case 3:23-cv-04120.

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