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Ebola gene study reveals multiple spread routes in Liberia

 
 

ebolaIn the most detailed picture yet of Ebola’s spread in an outbreak country, a gene sequencing study today revealed how the disease unfolded in Liberia, with most cases arising from a single introduction, sprouting multiple transmission chains within the country, then triggering more illness waves in Guinea.

West Africa’s long and massive outbreak has yielded an unprecedented number of Ebola virus samples that researchers are pouring through to learn clues about how it spreads in regions and evolves in humans, findings that will help responders fine-tune their control efforts. After homing in on Liberia and comparing genetic patterns with neighboring countries, a team led by the US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) published its findings in Cell Host & MicrobeSee the original article here.