Mapping the zoonotic niche of Ebola virus disease in Africa

by David M Pigott, Nick Golding, Adrian Mylne et al.
eLife 2014;10.7554/eLife.04395, (7 September 2014)

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While scientists are still not sure how Ebola cut its path to West Africa, the authors mapped its zoonotic origins and identified 15 African countries most at risk of animal-to-human Ebola transmission – on top of the 7 already affected. The countries, identified because of certain geographical traits, span from Cameroon to Madagascar. The study also explored fruit bats – suspected, but not confirmed carriers – as the most likely animal reservoir, positing that they could spread the disease to other animals and to humans through Africa’s dense forests.

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