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Orang-utans infected by mystery virus

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They are already the most endangered great apes. Now orang-utans may face an additional threat: Ebola virus, or something a lot like it. Bornean orang-utans have antibodies that recognise not just the Asian species of Ebola virus, but all four African Ebola viruses and a similar African virus called Marburg.

None of the African viruses has ever been seen outside Africa before. The discovery was discussed at a conference last week by the study's leader, Chairul Anwar Nidom of Airlangga University in Surabaya, Indonesia.

http://www.newscient...like-virus.html

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So sad, they are amazing creatures. When I saw them at a zoo I was mesmerized and didn't want to move on to the next exhibit!

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Ebola kills African chimpanzees and lowland gorillas, and could pose a threat to both species. However, the orang-utans had clearly survived. Five others carried antibodies to the Asian species of Ebola called Reston, which has been found in macaque monkeys and pigs in the Philippines, not far from Borneo. Nidom notes that filoviruses like Ebola can be lethal in some species but not others – Reston Ebola kills cynomolgus macaques, but not rhesus macaques or humans. The African viruses might be similarly variable.
Seems they are surviving this disease if it is the same as in Africa.

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