Experimental Inoculation of Plants and Animals with Ebola Virus

Robert Swanepoel, Patricia A. Leman, Felicity J. Burt, Nicholas A. Zachariades, Lawrence E.O. Braack, Thomas G. Ksiazek, Pierre E. Rollin, Sherif R. Zaki, Clarence J. Peters

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Thirty-three varieties of 24 species of plants and 19 species of vertebrates and invertebrates were experimentally inoculated with Ebola Zaire virus. Fruit and insectivorous bats supported replication and circulation of high titers of virus without necessarily becoming ill; deaths occurred only among bats that had not adapted to the diet fed in the laboratory.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)321-325
Number of pages5
JournalEmerging infectious diseases
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1996
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases


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