The lethal Ebola virus has been detected in a bat in Liberia, researchers and the health ministry stated on Thursday.
National Public Health Institute of Liberia (NPHIL) Director General, Tolbert Nyenswah, advised newsmen within the capital Monrovia that scientists of Liberia’s health ministry and NPHIL detected the Zaire Ebola virus in one bat.
“To date, all different bats have tested bad. The locating was although significant, as researchers agree with it indicates that bats can be a natural host for Ebola.
“Researchers consider it turned into in all likelihood that bats in different parts of Africa had been additionally carrying the Ebola virus,’’ Nyenswah said.
According to the director popular, ongoing research will observe whether or not greater bats are infected and the way bats spread the virus.
Ebola, a rather infectious ailment that causes a fever, regularly leads to large inner bleeding and fatalities.
During the final primary Ebola outbreak in 2014, 11,000 people died while the virus spread across the West African international locations of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.