Free-Tailed Bats Possible Source of Current Ebola Epidemic

December 30, 2014 12:48 PM

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Researchers believe that bats are the source of the virus behind the current Ebola epidemic in West Africa, but a new study points to a different species than the fruit bats implicated in earlier outbreaks.

The Ebola virus is transmitted from fruit bats through eating their meat. But the first case in this outbreak was a 2-year-old boy.

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