Ebola in the air

A deadly virus can spread through the air from pigs to monkeys

By Stephen Ornes, 15:07 PM December 11, 2012

 

Scientists have found that a type of Ebola virus that infects humans can pass from piglets to macaques, like the one shown here, through the air. Credit: FreeDigitalPhotos.net

 

 

What do you get when you mix six piglets, four monkeys and the deadly Ebola virus? Bad news, according to a recent experiment by Canadian researchers.

 

The experiment is the first to suggest that the Ebola virus can spread through the air. The study, published in November, detailed how the virus apparently moved from pigs to monkeys without their coming into physical contact. Previously, researchers thought animals had to touch to pass along the virus, which has been blamed for the deaths o...

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