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Ebola Outbreak in West Africa may Have Been Caused by Bats

by Dr. Trupti Shirole on  January 1, 2015 at 7:57 AM Tropical Disease News   - G J E 4
Bats could be the possible reason behind the outbreak of the Ebola virus disease occurring in West Africa, according to a study led by researchers from the Robert Koch-Institute in Berlin, Germany. The researchers have suggested that the epidemic may have originated from contact between humans and virus-infected bats.  
 Ebola Outbreak in West Africa may Have Been Caused by Bats
Ebola Outbreak in West Africa may Have Been Caused by Bats
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Ebola epidemics are of zoonotic origin, transmitted to human populations either through contact with larger wildlife or by direct contact with bats. The study identified insectivorous free-tailed bats as plausible reservoirs and expands the range of possible Ebola virus sources to this type of bats.
 
The multidisciplinary team of researchers led a 4-week field mission in Guinea in April 2014 to examine human exposure to bats, to survey local wildlife and to capture and sample bats in Meliandou and in neighboring forests.

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The study has been published in EMBO Molecular Medicine.


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