Fruit bats carry deadly Marburg virus

2019-02-27 05:18:05

By Debora Mackenzie MARBURG virus has a fearsome reputation. An outbreak in Angola in 2005 left more than 300 people dead and many more sick with the severe and highly contagious form of haemorrhagic fever it causes. Yet the animal that carries the virus and transmits it to humans has remained a mystery. Now researchers working in Gabon have found the virus in a cave-dwelling African fruit bat. This is the first time it has been found outside humans or other primates, and the first time it has been found in Gabon,