Monday, November 19, 2007

Searching for the Marburg animal reservoir

A new study aimed to discover what the animal reservoir is for Marburg virus. They conducted this study in a mine, and tested many species of animals. Of note were bats, which were shown to harbor both Marburg Virus DNA as well as antibodies, reaffirming previous notions that bats are the natural reservoir of Marburg. However, this evidence is not conclusive, and the researchers failed to isolate the virus itself from these bats.

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