EBOLA ‘PATIENT ZERO’ LIKELY INFECTED FROM PLAYING IN TREE WITH BAT COLONY

January 3, 2015

The two-year-old boy who’s believed to be the “patient zero” of the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa, meaning the person first infected, likely got the disease from playing in a hollow tree near his home that housed a bat colony, according to scientific investigators.

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The boy, Emile Ouamouno of Guinea, died in December 2013, followed by his mother, sister and grandmother.

Within months, the Ebola outbreak had spread from Guinea to Sierra Leone and Liberia to become the largest ever recorded.

There have been a total of more than 19,000 cases so far and nearly 7,700 deaths.

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