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Marburg Virus, Related to Ebola, Is Found in Bats in West Africa

External Link - Source: The New York Times

The Marburg virus, a deadly cousin of Ebola, has been isolated in fruit bats in Sierra Leone, marking the first time it has been found in West Africa.

Five bats caught in three health districts tested positive for the virus, according to two teams of scientists. One was led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Sierra Leone’s Njala University, and the second by the University of California, Davis, and Sierra Leone’s University of Makeni.

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