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