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November 6 2012

Orang-utans infected by mystery Ebola-like virus


They are already the most endangered great apes. Now orang-utans may face an additional threat: Ebola virus, or something a lot like it. Bornean orang-utans have antibodies that recognise not just the Asian species of Ebola virus, but all four African Ebola viruses and a similar African virus called Marburg.

None of the African viruses has ever been seen outside Africa before. The discovery was discussed at a conference last week by the study's leader, Chairul Anwar Nidom of Airlangga University in Surabaya, Indonesia.

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