Banning Bats to Combat Ebola
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To halt the spread of the deadly Ebola virus in Guinea that has already killed 63 individuals, officials have banned the consumption of bats. The outbreak has been linked to bats, which are hosts to "zoonotic" viruses that are transmitted from species to species. Bats are carriers to more viruses that can infect humans than any other species but are frequently eaten in Guinea and can also transmit rabies, histoplasmosis, SARS, Nipah, Hendra, Marburg, Lyssaviruses, and other viruses.
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