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Gorillas Infecting Each Other With Ebola
New Scientist ^ | 7-10-2006 | Debora McKenzie

Posted on 07/10/2006 8:07:24 PM PDT by blam

Gorillas infecting each other with Ebola

17:00 10 July 2006
NewScientist.com news service
Debora MacKenzie

Lowland gorillas are catching the devastating Ebola virus not just from the virus's normal host, thought to be bats, but also from each other.

So conclude Damien Caillaud and colleagues at the University of Rennes in France, who began watching 377 gorillas in Odzala National Park in Congo in 2001. "Maybe 30 are left now" of that original group, Caillaud told New Scientist.(There are other gorillas in the park that were not in the study group, which was defined by their use of the observation area, a popular swampy bit.)

The Ebola virus has killed a third of the world’s lowland gorillas in the past decade, and the epidemic seems to be spreading (see Great apes face Ebola oblivion). The researchers knew each animal individually, so they could chart when each disappeared.

The death rate fits an epidemic model in which gorillas living in groups catch it from other group members, and also pass it to solitary males. These males had previously been thought not to encounter other gorillas often enough to catch the virus from them. This shows that gorillas can spread the virus outside their immediate group, potentially affecting a much wider area.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: africa; apes; congo; each; ebola; gorillas; health; infecting; other; outbreak; with

1 posted on 07/10/2006 8:07:26 PM PDT by blam
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To: Judith Anne

Ping.


2 posted on 07/10/2006 8:08:01 PM PDT by blam
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To: blam

Bush's fault! - I just wanted to be first (-:


3 posted on 07/10/2006 8:08:51 PM PDT by StACase
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To: StACase

Damn! That's exactly what I was going to write!


4 posted on 07/10/2006 8:09:43 PM PDT by vladimir998 (Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ. St. Jerome)
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To: vladimir998

Obviously caused by global warming.


5 posted on 07/10/2006 8:12:25 PM PDT by MidlandDesperado (There is none so blind as they that won't see. Jonathan Swift.)
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To: blam

Ebola is a serious disease with a mortality rate in the neighbor of 50 to 100%. It is one of the deadliest infectious disease known. The source is either bats, insects, or even plants.


6 posted on 07/10/2006 8:15:43 PM PDT by Ptarmigan (Ptarmigans will rise again!)
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To: Ptarmigan

Yeesh. I thought King Kong was scary enough without the Ebola.


7 posted on 07/10/2006 8:17:59 PM PDT by Pelham (McGuestWorkerProgram- Soon to serve over 1 billion Americans)
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To: devolve

Too bad we don't have a face on 'rilla'


8 posted on 07/10/2006 8:19:44 PM PDT by potlatch (Does a clean house indicate that there is a broken computer in it?)
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To: Ptarmigan
Ebola is still the big bogeyman of diseases - it's source is still a mystery and the vectors are in primitive areas that defy tracking. Some say it's worse than Marberg, with the victims blowing out blood from every physical outlet (including the eye sockets) within three days of contact.
9 posted on 07/10/2006 8:22:26 PM PDT by NewRomeTacitus (America First)
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To: vladimir998

Damn. I'm crossing the finsh line when everyone's gone to bed! I thought that first! But I had to do someting...or...other.


10 posted on 07/10/2006 8:29:13 PM PDT by Eagles6 (Dig deeper, more ammo.)
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To: blam

Can't spain give 'em condoms or something? Oh, the humanity! Oh, they're not human? Never mind.


11 posted on 07/10/2006 8:32:11 PM PDT by Eagles6 (Dig deeper, more ammo.)
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To: blam
Dang!

I thought Helen Thomas, Janet Reno, Rosie O'Donut and Hildebeast had Ebola.

< sigh >

12 posted on 07/10/2006 8:33:58 PM PDT by Thumper1960 (Politicians are like diapers. They need changed often, and for the same reasons.)
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To: potlatch


I was thinking that too.....


13 posted on 07/10/2006 8:38:10 PM PDT by devolve (fx 9125_AMERICANS_KILLED_2003_BY_ILLEGALS MEX_ILLEGAL_GOT_911_TERRORISTS_ID NO_NUEVO_TEJAS)
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To: StACase
Bush's fault!

I blame Rumsfeld.

14 posted on 07/10/2006 8:38:48 PM PDT by nonliberal (Graduate: Curtis E. LeMay School of International Relations)
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To: devolve

You need one of those beanies with the propeller for your 'thinking cap', hah!


15 posted on 07/10/2006 8:40:45 PM PDT by potlatch (Does a clean house indicate that there is a broken computer in it?)
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To: potlatch


'Rilla is a stubborn one


16 posted on 07/10/2006 8:50:40 PM PDT by devolve (fx 9125_AMERICANS_KILLED_2003_BY_ILLEGALS MEX_ILLEGAL_GOT_911_TERRORISTS_ID NO_NUEVO_TEJAS)
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To: devolve
'Rilla is a stubborn one

Heh, I better not say...

17 posted on 07/10/2006 8:56:57 PM PDT by potlatch (Does a clean house indicate that there is a broken computer in it?)
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To: blam
One solution.
18 posted on 07/10/2006 8:58:25 PM PDT by tomzz
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To: blam

That's not very nice of them.


19 posted on 07/10/2006 9:06:34 PM PDT by pcottraux (It's pronounced "P. Coe-troe.")
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To: potlatch
Rilla Blythe
20 posted on 07/10/2006 9:21:37 PM PDT by blam
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To: blam

Thanks blam, I looked at your site. We are trying to think of who to put on an animation.


21 posted on 07/10/2006 9:26:23 PM PDT by potlatch (Does a clean house indicate that there is a broken computer in it?)
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To: blam

I'll never forget reading Hot Zone while I was laid up in bed with strep throat - ah, the nightmares I had.


22 posted on 07/10/2006 9:30:44 PM PDT by TightyRighty
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To: blam
Paging Dr. Fossey...

Gorillas in the Red Mist...

23 posted on 07/10/2006 9:33:22 PM PDT by Fitzcarraldo
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To: blam

That'll teach them to bugger each other.


24 posted on 07/10/2006 10:45:18 PM PDT by Defiant (MSM are holding us hostage. Vote Dems into power, or they will let the terrorists win.)
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To: blam
This is terrible news.Conservation programs will not work with Ebola killing 97% of the free gorillas.The only way to save the lowland Gorilla now would be to capture the healthy gorillas and breed them in captivity until we know what is causing Ebola,and how to destroy Ebola. I hope some of the poachers catch Ebola .
25 posted on 07/11/2006 9:31:23 AM PDT by after dark (I love hateful people. They help me unload karmic debt.)
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To: NewRomeTacitus

Ebola has a higher mortality rate for one. I've seen people with Ebola. Scary!


26 posted on 07/11/2006 6:31:44 PM PDT by Ptarmigan (Ptarmigans will rise again!)
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To: after dark

Although if we leave them in the wild, the survivors may have natural immunity that renders Ebola a nuisance.


27 posted on 07/11/2006 6:35:50 PM PDT by djf (I'm not Islamophobic. But I am bombophobic. Same thing, I guess...)
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To: djf
If their numbers become to low there will not be enough genetic diversity to breed viable offspring.

I have heard of this happening to other endangered species.The lowland Gorillas were already on the brink of extinction.
28 posted on 07/11/2006 8:26:06 PM PDT by after dark (I love hateful people. They help me unload karmic debt.)
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To: Ptarmigan

My sympathy - it's a real life horror movie in one's face that one wouldn't wish on their worst enemy.

Well, I wouldn't.


29 posted on 07/11/2006 10:18:37 PM PDT by NewRomeTacitus (Progress; not progressiveness.)
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