Ebola map shows people in more African regions at risk of animal infection

Boys stand next to a poster, pertaining to the Ebola virus, during a training session by Sierra Leone's national soccer team at the Felix Houphouet Boigny stadium in AbidjanBy Kate Kelland LONDON, Sept 8 (Reuters) – Scientists have created the newest map of places most at risk of an Ebola outbreak and say regions likely to be home to animals harboring the virus are more widespread than previously feared, particularly in West Africa. The Ebola virus, which can have a human mortality rate of up to 90 percent, is thought to be carried by bats or other wild animals and believed to cross into humans through contact with blood, meat, or other infected fluids. These jumps by viruses from animals into humans are known as "zoonotic events" and were also the cause of major human disease outbreaks such as HIV and the H1N1 swine flu pandemic. The new map, published on Monday as the death toll in the world's largest Ebola outbreak in West Africa's was almost 2,100, found that large swathes of central Africa as well as the western part of the continent, have traits of what the scientists called "the zoonotic niche" for Ebola.

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