Ebola may go airborne

Infected pigs can transmit virus to primates without contact, study finds

By Tina Hesman Saey, 11:05 AM November 15, 2012

The Ebola virus can spread through the air from pigs to macaques, a new study suggests.

Transmission of the virus — which causes an often fatal hemorrhagic fever in people and primates — was thought to require direct contact with body fluids from an infected animal or person. But in the new study, published online November 15 in Scientific Reports, piglets infected with Ebola passed the virus to macaques housed in the same room even though the animals never touched.  

“The evidence that the vir...

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