Via ReliefWeb, an AFP report: The Ebola outbreak in West Africa raises the concern of specialists. The Google translation, and then a couple of additional links:
The ongoing epidemic in West Africa hemorrhagic fever, partly due to Ebola virus, causes concern to experts interviewed by AFP.
This epidemic "is serious because it is not yet under control and a priori because there is a wide dispersion of patients," says Sylvain Baize French doctor, who heads the National Reference Centre (CNR) of viral hemorrhagic fevers, based in Lyon.
"I am very worried because I think we still do not know how the virus came to the area and we do not know the size of the infected area," said Thomas Geisbert his side, a specialist in hemorrhagic fevers medical branch of the University of Texas (UTMB).
Several countries in West Africa were mobilized Friday against epidemic hemorrhagic fever that killed more than 80 people in Guinea, a little more than half due to Ebola, while suspected cases were reported in the country neighboring Liberia, Sierra Leone and more recently in Mali.
The suspected case of a deceased Liberia hunter would have had no contact with other haemorrhagic fever "asks questions," said Mr. Baize Friday.
If this case is confirmed and if it turns out that this man had no prior contact with other patients, this could be a sign that the Ebola virus "circulating massively in the forest through bats and there may be a current epidemic in great signs, "says Baize.
Like many other viruses, bats are "very likely" the natural reservoir of Ebola virus: the animals "doing very well" with the virus and pass it around.
"The most likely hypothesis is that the epidemic (in West Africa, ed) is linked to the introduction of the virus through the bat but it remains to be seen," says Mr. Baize yet adding, however, that other assumptions are "possible".
Meanwhile, Mike Coston has a link to a new report from WHO's Africa Regional Office on "Public Health Events of Unknown Etiology." And Maia Majumder has posted an abridgement of her very interesting thoughts on how bats could have carried the virus from the DRC.