WHERE DOES EBOLA HIDE?

A DEAD CHIMPANZEE. A NEW OUTBREAK. AND A FRESH CLUE IN THIS CONTINUING MEDICAL DETECTIVE STORY

WHEN TWO CHILDREN FROM THE remote village of Mayibout, in Gabon, discovered a dead chimpanzee lying in the undergrowth near their home a few weeks ago, they were delighted. Bush meat is a delicacy throughout the rain forests of central Africa, and chimps are particularly prized for their size and scarcity. Villagers helped carry the primate back to Mayibout, where it was skinned, cooked and eaten. There the festivities ended. Within a week, nearly all those who had prepared the animal for the pot had fallen ill with a high fever. Some began bleeding from the eyes and mouth. By last...

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