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How ancient is the Ebola virus?

  1. Oztinato profile image80
    Oztinatoposted 2 years ago

    How ancient is the Ebola virus?

    I am assuming the Ebola virus is millions of years old as we are told such viruses are ancient. It may be possible that Ebola is an ancient primate disease that arises when primate/human numbers are too high.

  2. Mel Carriere profile image95
    Mel Carriereposted 2 years ago

    I was under the impression that Ebola comes from bats.  Viruses mutate extremely rapidly, so it may be that Ebola is not very old at all.

    1. Oztinato profile image80
      Oztinatoposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      It doesn't affect bats so what's it doing in the bats?

  3. harryblossom profile image61
    harryblossomposted 2 years ago

    I reckon Ebola virus is a very ancient microbe. The virus may exist since ancient times when there no specific tools to detect it microscopically. However, it is believed to be discovered by a young medical scientist in 1976.

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