Fruit bats as reservoirs of Ebola virus

@article{Leroy2005FruitBA,
  title={Fruit bats as reservoirs of Ebola virus},
  author={E. Leroy and B. Kumulungui and X. Pourrut and P. Rouquet and A. Hassanin and P. Yaba and A. D{\'e}licat and J. Paweska and J. Gonzalez and R. Swanepoel},
  journal={Nature},
  year={2005},
  volume={438},
  pages={575-576}
}
The first recorded human outbreak of Ebola virus was in 1976, but the wild reservoir of this virus is still unknown. Here we test for Ebola in more than a thousand small vertebrates that were collected during Ebola outbreaks in humans and great apes between 2001 and 2003 in Gabon and the Republic of the Congo. We find evidence of asymptomatic infection by Ebola virus in three species of fruit bat, indicating that these animals may be acting as a reservoir for this deadly virus. 
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