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Origin of Ebola Might Have Been from Insect-Eating Bat

When a disease such as Ebola begins to spread all over our world, scientists are focused on two main things. The first is how to cure it. The second is to find where the outbreak exactly occurred, in order to help them acquire a little more information about it. Until recently, there hasn’t been any hints towards where exactly Ebola originated from, other than the large area of South Africa. However, studies are now showing that the disease actually may have originated from an insect-eating bat. What’s interesting about this is that the bat doesn’t target humans – so why did we suddenly become infected?

Researchers from Robert Koch Institute in Berlin went to the field in order to find the whereabouts of the origination point. They started by going to the hometown of the first victim, a two-year-old boy named Emile Ouamouno. What they discovered is that the young boy often played near a tree infested with the fruit bats. Earlier in the year, the locals had burnt the tree down, as they often eat the bats as a source of protein. It’s expected that this is how the young child was first infected.

Humans must keep in mind that even if it may seem that we coexist peacefully with other animals, we must always be ready to combat any unforeseen circumstances. Luckily, thanks to our Pest Control companies today, we are able to keep our dangers in check, and are always ready to protect our species in case the need arises.

Article: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/12/141230-ebola-virus-origin-insect-bats-meliandou-reservoir-host/