July 10, 2009

Ebola Appears In Pigs For The First Time

Scientists reported that a form of Ebola virus has been detected in pigs for the first time in the Philippines, which raises concern that the virus could mutate and threaten humans.

Previously, the Reston Ebola virus has only been seen in monkeys and humans and is not known to cause illness in people.

The scientists reported the discovery in Friday's edition of the journal Science. 

Researchers say that it is theoretically possible for the virus to mutate in pigs to a virus that might sicken people.

The scientists reported that some of the farm workers that tend to the pigs had become infected, but they have shown no signs of illness.

The Ebola virus is named after the Ebola River, where the first recognized outbreak of the Ebola hemorrhagic fever occurred.


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