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Q. Where did Ebola come from?
A. The virus first appeared in 1976 in two outbreaks, one in a village near the Ebola River in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Fruit bats are considered the likely host of the virus. Infection occurs among several animals, particularly primates. In its most virulent form, it may kill 90 percent of those it infects. The current outbreak’s death rate is about 60 percent.
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