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Are Bats Spreading Ebola Across Sub-Saharan Africa?

Science  11 Apr 2014:
Vol. 344, Issue 6180, pp. 140
DOI: 10.1126/science.344.6180.140

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Ebola is not a stranger to West Africa—an outbreak in the 1990s killed chimpanzees and sickened one researcher. But the species of virus that has so far killed more than 100 people in Guinea has only been seen before in Central Africa. Scientists are combing the forests, and the genome of the virus itself, looking for clues to how this strain ended up so far west, and whether its spread suggests people in forested areas all across sub-Saharan Africa are at risk.