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originally posted by: AlphaHawk
a reply to: soficrow
The outbreak began in February in the forests of Guinea, where the toll continues to rise, but its epicentre has since shifted to neighbouring Liberia and Sierra Leone.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 14, 2014 Fort Detrick, MD
Sierra Leone Samples: Ebola Evidence in West Africa in 2006 USAMRIID Providing On-site Laboratory Support to Current Outbreak
...The study, published in this month’s edition of Emerging Infectious Diseases, demonstrates that Ebola virus has been circulating in the region since at least 2006—well before the current outbreak.
...Using assays developed at USAMRIID that detect the presence of IgM, an early protein produced by the body to ward off infection, the research team found evidence of dengue fever, West Nile, yellow fever, Rift Valley fever, chikungunya, Ebola, and Marburg viruses in the samples collected between 2006 and 2008.
In addition, of the samples that tested positive for Ebola, the vast majority reacted to the Zaire strain, which was unexpected, according to the authors.
“Prior to the current outbreak, only one case of Ebola had ever been officially reported in this region, and it was from the Ivory Coast strain,” said Schoepp. “We were surprised to see that Zaire—or a variant of Zaire—was causing infection in West Africa several years ago.”