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U.S.-Supported Scientists Discover Marburg-Carrying Bats In West Africa

CIDRAP News: Marburg-carrying bats found in West Africa for first time
“A hunt to find the animal reservoir for Ebola that began in 2016 in the wake of Sierra Leone’s outbreak has found live Marburg virus, a related pathogen that can also cause hemorrhagic fever, for the first time in West Africa. The discovery came from researchers involved in two projects: one led by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Njala University in Sierra Leone and the other a U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded team from the University of California (UC), Davis, and the University of Makeni in Sierra Leone…” (Schnirring, 12/20).

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