Thursday, February 06, 2003

EBOLA ENDANGERING APES

Massive Great Ape Die-Off in Africa—Ebola Suspected

A catastrophic die-off of lowland gorillas and chimpanzees at the very heart of their range in central Africa has been reported by scientists....

The first deaths were reported on November 26, and in mid-December scientists from Gabon's Centre International de Recherches Medicales de Franceville (CIRMF) collected samples from four gorilla and two chimpanzee carcasses and confirmed the presence of Ebola virus in all six cases....

Karesh said it was not known whether infected humans could be spreading the disease to apes....