2-year-old boy playing in bat-infested tree 'ground zero' patient for Ebola epidemic

January 5, 2015 5:52 PM

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WEST AFRICA (Christian Examiner) -- Two-year-old Emile Ouamouno died a year ago in the remote village of Meliandou, in southern Guinea. The toddler was the first known victim of this Ebola epidemic that wasn't discovered until March. His mother, grandmother and 3-year-old sister died days later.

Authorities now believe that it was Emile's playing in a bat-infested hollow tree about 50 meters from his house is what caused the toddler to be infected with the Ebola virus. He died Dec. 28, 2013.

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