What Animal Carries the Ebola Virus?


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Certain species of the Pteropodidae fruit bats are the natural hosts for the Ebola virus and provide a reservoir of the virus between outbreaks, states the World Health Organization. However, animals of several different species are potential intermediate hosts for Ebola.

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While the Pteropodidae family of fruit bats is thought by most scientists to be the natural host organisms for the Ebola virus, they are not the only animals responsible for infecting humans with the virus, states the WHO. Animals as diverse as chimpanzees, antelope and porcupines have been discovered with signs of Ebola infection. These animals serve as intermediate hosts for the virus, ultimately infecting humans when they are exposed the bodily secretions of infected animals or their remains.

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