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Lancet. 1995 May 20;345(8960):1271-4.

Isolation and partial characterisation of a new strain of Ebola virus.

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WHO Collaborating Center for Arboviruses and Haemorragic Fevers, Institut Pasteur, Paris, France.

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  • Lancet. 2006 Mar 11;367(9513):816. Formentry, P [corrected to Formenty, P].


We have isolated a new strain of Ebola virus from a non-fatal human case infected during the autopsy of a wild chimpanzee in the Côte-d'Ivoire. The wild troop to which this animal belonged has been decimated by outbreaks of haemorrhagic syndromes. This is the first time that a human infection has been connected to naturally-infected monkeys in Africa. Data from the long-term survey of this troop of chimpanzees could answer questions about the natural reservoir of the Ebola virus.

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