Ebola Source Discovered

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If you read Hot Zone you know that source of the ebola virus was an epidemiological mystery for many years. Scientists knew the virus had to live somewhere in between outbreaks, but they couldn't pinpoint the species. Monkeys were prime suspects.

Turns out it's been the fruit bats all along.

Researchers in Gabon and Congo have found the source of the ebola virus: three species of fruit bat. The ebola microbe, which is deadly to humans and other apes, is harmless to the bats. Fruit bats are commonly eaten by humans in Africa, and researchers say this is probably how outbreaks occur. [LAT]
Looks like we owe our primate cousins a big apology.

[Boing Boing]

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