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The World in Medicine
February 18, 2004

Ebola Virus Transmission

JAMA. 2004;291(7):813. doi:10.1001/jama.291.7.813-b

A series of outbreaks of Ebola virus infection in central Africa appears to be the result of separate introductions of the pathogen from different animal sources involving several different viral strains, according to a study by researchers from the Institute of Research and Development in Franceville, Gabon, and other institutions (Science. 2004;303:387-390). The findings suggest that the human outbreaks were touched off when hunters handled corpses of infected animals .

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