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On the Track of Ebola's Hideout?

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Science  22 Oct 1999:
Vol. 286, Issue 5440, pp. 654-655
DOI: 10.1126/science.286.5440.654

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One of the many unsolved riddles about the Ebola virus is where the deadly organism hides in between outbreaks in humans. Now, for the first time, virologists may have found traces of the virus's genetic material in small ground-dwelling mammals near areas of previous epidemics. Experts welcome the findings, announced last week, but point out that it is still too early to celebrate the discovery of the Ebola reservoir.