Animal source of Ebola outbreak eludes scientists

Researchers try to pin down whether bats or bush meat passed virus to people in West Africa

By Tina Hesman Saey, 14:25 PM August 11, 2014

Along with struggling to stem the deadly outbreak of Ebola in West Africa, scientists are racing to figure out where it came from. The outbreak came as a surprise because the strain that is killing people in urban areas in West Africa had previously  struck people in rural, forested parts of Central Africa.


If researchers can figure out which animal carries Zaire ebolavirus, and how the virus made the leap to people in West Africa, they may be able to suggest strategies to prevent or contain ...

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