Pigs harbor and transmit Ebola, research finds

11/16/2012 | The-Scientist.com

In addition to pathogens such as Nipah virus, influenza and possibly Hendra virus, pigs can carry at least two types of Ebola virus -- Reston Ebola, which is not a serious pathogen in humans, and Zaire-Ebola virus, which causes up to 90% mortality in humans -- and can transmit the more deadly disease to monkeys. A new study found that pigs infected with Zaire-Ebola passed the virus to macaques who shared their living quarters but didn't have direct contact with them. Researchers will begin sampling pigs in parts of Africa affected by recent Ebola outbreaks.

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