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Don't Eat Like an African

The problem is not only that many Africans don't have enough to eat, it's that they're very fond of bush meat, which is the wild game of Africa. The problem is that this includes monkey meat, which is being illegally imported into the UK?and it often carries the lethal Ebola virus along with it. Last year, smuggled bush meat was implicated in 25,...
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Searching for the Source of Ebola

The host for the devastating African disease Ebola, which has no cure and kills quickly and painfully, has not yet been found. The host is an animal which carries the virus but is not itself affected by it, and if it could be found, diseased creatures could be eradicated, ending the plague. Scientists haven't yet found the host, but they have...

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Searching for Ebola Source

Scientists are studying African birds in an attempt to identify the mysterious source of the Ebola virus. In the Republic of Congo, where there was a recent outbreak, people probably got the disease from infected gorilla meat. But gorillas are also being killed by Ebola, so they're not the source of the disease. "As long as we haven't...

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Ebola Carried by Birds

The dreaded killer disease Ebola passes easily from person to person, but no one knows where it starts. Ebola was discovered in 1976 and infects humans and monkeys. It's caused hundreds of deaths in central Africa, and is fatal 50 to 90% of the time. Now scientists think it may be spread by birds.

The Ebola virus is similar to viruses...

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Ebola is Back

Ebola is back in Africa. It?s one of the most deadly viral diseases known and can incubate for up to three weeks before flu-like symptoms set in. It then starts attacking internal organs, causing bloody diarrhea and vomiting. Within two weeks, the victim usually is dead from massive blood loss. There is no cure. But the virus usually kills its...

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Black Death Found to be Ebola

History textbooks have got it wrong about the Plague, also known as the Black Death, which they say was caused by bubonic plague spread by rats and their fleas. A new study suggests that it was in fact caused by an Ebola-like virus transmitted directly from person to person.

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