Lucie Lecomte has sent me a flood of stories this morning, many from francophone media in Africa. Here's one of them, from StarAfrica.com: The director of the Pasteur Institute of Bangui explains the reasons for the absence of Ebola in CAR. Excerpt from the Google translation:
The Ebola virus is circulating in the Central African wildlife but conditions are perhaps not necessary for an epidemic can arise from the Central "Republic said Monday the director of the Pasteur Institute of Bangui, Emmanuel Nakoune Yandoko.
Speaking at a meeting on Monday devoted to information and advocacy for policy makers plan response against the Ebola virus, the director of the Pasteur Institute in Bangui said that for years, his institute conducts research to understand why every year there is an outbreak of Ebola virus in the sub-region but not in the CAR.
For him, the presence of antibodies developed by the Central population is causing non manifestation of Ebola in the country.
"Through this study we found that 13 (thirteen) percent of the Pygmies had antibodies against Ebola virus and 10 (ten) percent of the non-Pygmy population living in the area had also antibodies," Has -there found.
"Based on this question, is that there are no traces of the Ebola virus in the Central African population? "Then he was asked, explaining that it pushed his lab to go find out if we could find the living animal viruses.
"We captured animals such as rats, bats, signs and sibissi. We sought Ebola and we found a piece in the spleen of these animals," said Emmanuel Nakoune.
For his part, Prime Minister Mahamat Kamoun, who chaired the meeting, called to explain that "the time is to be alert to this serious outbreak of Ebola haemorrhagic rampant in Africa."