Early Warning Efforts, Take Note

Ebola hotspots may be more widespread, and the virus may be carried by a greater number of animal species than previously suspected, a new study published in Mammal Review showed.

The research, the first effort to apply biogeographical techniques to map favorable conditions for a virus, revealed favorable conditions for Ebola span from Guinea to Uganda—17 countries total. But some countries that have yet to report cases host conditions favorable for the virus’s spread, such as Cameroon, Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Tanzania.

The research, which uncovered a strong link between the Ebola virus and tropical rainforests, could prove valuable for early warning systems.

Center for International Forestry Research

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