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Marburg Virus Found in Sierra Leone Bats

January 24, 2020
First Report of Angolan-like Strain in Bats Since Initial Outbreak in People in 2005

Scientists have detected Marburg virus in fruit bats in Sierra Leone, marking the first time the deadly virus has been found in West Africa. Eleven Egyptian rousette fruit bats tested positive for active Marburg virus infection. Research teams caught the bats separately in three health districts.

Bats are the Major Reservoir of Coronaviruses Worldwide

June 12, 2017

Results of a five-year study in 20 countries on three continents have found that bats harbor a large diversity of coronaviruses (CoV), the family of viruses that cause Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS).