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Tracking Ebola's Deadly March Among Wild Apes

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Science  08 Dec 2006:
Vol. 314, Issue 5805, pp. 1522-1523
DOI: 10.1126/science.314.5805.1522

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On page 1564 of this issue of Science, researchers present evidence that Ebola has wiped out as many as 5000 gorillas in the region surrounding the Lossi Sanctuary in Africa, a much higher number than previous estimates. They also suggest that ape-to-ape transmission is a major factor in the spread of the disease. (Read more.)