Concerns over Ebola

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A Canadian scientists have shown that the deadliest form of the ebola virus could be transmitted by air between species. While conducting experiments, they showed that the virus was transmitted from pigs to monkeys without any direct contact between them. They are concerned that pigs might be a natural host for the lethal infection.

Ebola viruses cause fatal haemorrhagic fevers in humans and many other species of non human primates. Researchers from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and the country’s Public Health Agency have shown that pigs infected with this form of Ebola can pass the disease on to macaques without any direct contact between the species.

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