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How A Virus In Snakes Could Offer Clues To Ebola In Humans

August 14, 2012 3:32 AM ET


Scientists have found a surprising link between deadly Ebola virus and a disease that’s been killing boa constrictors in zoos and aquariums.

A team at the University of California, San Francisco, has found evidence that a previously undiscovered virus is responsible for something called inclusion body disease in boas. And this virus, described in the journal mBio, appears to be related to both Ebola and another deadly class of viruses called arenaviruses.
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