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we have a suspicion that these bats are not only transmitting the virus to humans, but also to the Great Apes," said Dr. Jim Strong, whose most recent trip to Sierra Leone was to visit Kailahun. "The Great Apes have been decimated in parts of Africa... up to 85 per cent of the population in some places. So we don't think it (the virus) is hiding in great apes. We think they're a host, just like we are. The bats may have it, but not be symptomatic.
Ebola Virus Antibodies in Fruit Bats, Ghana, West Africa
Fruit bats are the presumptive reservoir hosts of Ebola viruses (EBOVs) (genus Ebolavirus, family Filoviridae). When transmitted to humans and nonhuman primates, EBOVs can cause hemorrhagic fevers with high case-fatality rates. In 2008, we detected Zaire EBOV (ZEBOV) antibodies in a single migratory fruit bat
originally posted by: eNaR
a reply to: Blue_Jay33
So, if true and apparently it is, and a bat transmits the virus to a person who gets sick and through bodily fluids, etc transmits to others, all that needs to be done is eradicate the bats which would be impossible.
But it makes one wonder where the first case of ebola came from and how was it transmitted?
originally posted by: signalfire
How do they know that the great apes in some regions have been decimated by Ebola and not humans? Whole tribes of gorillas have reportedly been murdered by poachers.