Wildlife disease news of the week

Area of Ebola risk from animals bigger than thought

More than 22 million people live in parts of Africa where conditions exist for the Ebola virus to jump from animals to humans, a bigger area than previously thought, according to researchers. While the actual risk of animal-to-human or “zoonotic” transmission is low — with just 30 confirmed cases in history — the wide geographic spread boosts the potential for future human outbreaks, which always start with the virus crossing the species barrier, they said.

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