A species of bats from Sierra Leone carries a virus that can cause serious disease in humans
Deadly virus found in bats from West Africa - science news

Scientists identified for the first time the Marburg virus in West Africa. The dangerous virus was found in fruit bats from Sierra Leone.

The virus is related to Ebola and can cause a similar disease in people. So far, no cases of illness have been reported in humans. However, the discovery shows that the populations living in the area are in potential danger.

It was already known that these bats are the natural “reservoir” for the Marburg virus. The study is important because it discovered a threat before it affected people, allowing the community to take proper precautions.

Read the full story: University of California, Davis