It was discovered that Liberian bats are spreading the epidemic of Ebola virus in the Western part of Africa.
For the past three years, there were no reports of Ebola virus case in Liberia even after the identification of a bat which carry the disease but not associated with any human affliction. West Africa contacted the virus in 2013 that went on for three years.
During that period, the hemorrhagic-fever causing Ebola virus killed thousands of people in Liberia alone. Local health officials dished out the latest discovery of an infected bat in the country in an effort to caution locals of the possible impact of it even though the research is not yet concluded.
Columbia University virologist Simon J. Anthony noted, “We do have enough data to suggest to me that it is Ebola Zaire in this bat. We agree with our Liberian
government partners that this information should be shared.”
The Democratic Republic of Congo suffered the second-largest outbreak of the Zaire Ebola virus, the same virus that was found in the Liberian bat. The epidemic caused 400 deaths and a reported case of 700. The largest number of the incident was recorded in West Africa indicating nearly 30,000 disease-ridden cases including 11,000 deaths thought to come from a boy from Guinea who unknowingly clutched a bat that carried the disease.
Scientists caught a bat near the opening of a deserted mineshaft in Liberia possibly diseased with Zaire Ebola virus. They did not confine the virus itself but discovered a fifth of its genome in the animal. However, it’s too early to conclude if it’s definitely the same strain that also devastated the country.
The discovery provided answers on how Ebola evolved. According to EcoHealth Alliance veterinary epidemiologist Jon Epstein, it was their primary evidence of any bat that carries Ebola Zaire virus in the country. The results still need to be published at a press conference in Monrovia as announced by National Public Health Institute of Liberia director, Tolbert Nyenswah.