Title: “Ebolavirus Discovery in West Africa”
Speaker: Tracey Goldstein, One Health Institute, University of California Davis, USAID PREDICT Project
Bats are thought to be hosts for ebolaviruses, but despite more than 40 years of research and continued outbreaks, the reservoirs of ebolaviruses remain unknown and outbreaks continue to occur. We initiated a survey in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia to identify hosts of Ebola virus (EBOV; species Zaire ebolavirus) and to identify any additional filoviruses that might be circulating in wildlife. Through our work we discovered a new species within the Ebolavirus genus; and has been named Bombali virus in bats inside houses in Sierra Leone. We also detected Marburg virus in Egyptian rousette bats for the first time in Sierra Leone and Ebola virus (Zaire ebolavirus) in a Greater Long-fingered bat for the first time in Liberia. These discoveries are improving our understanding of the ecology and potential health risks from Ebola and related viruses.
Location: Institut Pasteur in Cambodia: Meeting room, 1st floor,
Meeting room door closed at 02:05 PM
July 18th, 2019 – 02:00 PM
Fee: Free Entry
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