A new virus similar to Ebola has been discovered in China, according to reports.
The Měnglà virus was found in fruit flutter and can potentially infect humans and other animals, according to a study published in Nature Microbiology. 1
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Scientists have said that the virus is in the same family as Ebola – they are filovirus, which are extremely pathogenic and can cause fatal fever, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
There is no evidence yet that Měnglà has spread to humans.
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“Studying the genetic diversity and the geographical distribution of baboons filovirus is very important for risk assessment and prevention of outbreaks because this type of infectious disease can affect the public without warning with devastating consequences, Wang says. Lin-Fa, professor at Duke-NUS Medical in Singapore and an author of the study, in a statement.
Měnglà is the seventh filovirus that has been found, four of which are known to cause disease in humans, CDC says. ] Click for more from The New York Post.