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A team of scientists have developed a model that can predict the likelihood of bat species carrying Ebola and other filoviruses using a machine learning algorithm. Filoviruses are a group of long filament shaped viruses that encode their genome on a single-stranded RNA. Ebola is the most well-known example; other filoviruses …

  1. Tom 7 Silver badge

    Strange bat movement neat St James park.

    could be worse than ebola.

  2. Neil Barnes Silver badge

    Bats have pups?

    I thought they had bittens.

  3. allthecoolshortnamesweretaken

    Isn't Marburg an Ebola strain like Reston?

  4. LINCARD1000


    Will have to do a bit of research to find out just what the process of transmission from bat to human is.

    The mind boggles otherwise. Bat blood transfusions? Having hot unprotected bat butt sex? Catching it off a toilet seat that a bat has used? Bat sneezes?

    Righty ho, Friday afternoon and I am outta here. Have a great weekend all :-)

  5. Alistair Silver badge

    Batty, just completely crazy

    @ LINCARD10000: *food*. Some folks find 'em tasty when toasted.

    .... I know an old woman who swallowed a fly.....

    1. LINCARD1000

      Re: Batty, just completely crazy

      Nananananananana BAT-FLAN...

      /me dies laughing

      Don't mind me...

  6. Loud Speaker


    I thought it was confirmed that the first human in the chain in Sierra Leone was infected by a pet monkey.

    The bat theory was because bats spread it in Angola (about 5,000 miles away).

    Disclaimer: I used to work for a company exporting anti-Ebola disinfectant to Sierra Leone.

  7. Anonymous Coward
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    Lower population densities

    Another option would be to lower population densities to sustainable levels that would allow wilderness areas to remain wilderness and not be subject to excessive hunting for bushmeat.

    Then again, NOT! Better to have 10 or even 20 billion people and no wilderness. At that point the only animals left would be those humans want and won't give us such diseases.

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