Ebola Species Found in Bats Ahead of Any Potential Outbreak

For the first time, scientists have discovered a new ebolavirus species in a host prior to detection in an infected human or sick animal.

The discovery of the Bombali virus in bats in Sierra Leone and the sequencing of the complete genome, officially published in August in the journal Nature Microbiology, was made by scientists at the University of California, Davis, One Health Institute and Columbia University’s Center for Infection and Immunity, working with the government of Sierra Leone and the University of Makeni and Metabiota. The work is part of the PREDICT Ebola Host Project, funded by the United States Agency for International Development and illustrates PREDICT Project’s goal to find viruses before they spill over into people.

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Read more about the PREDICT Ebola Host Project in this link…

An important output of the Project has been this guide for local communities: How to Live Safely with Animals for Healthier Communities

 

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