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Ebola Virus in Dogs

Researchers at the International Centre for Medical Research in Franceville, Gabon, have found that dogs could carry Ebola virus without showing signs of disease.

Researchers at the International Centre for Medical Research in Franceville, Gabon, have found that dogs could carry Ebola virus without showing signs of disease.

The findings of a large serological survey of dogs in the 2001–2002 Ebola outbreak area in Gabon have potential implications for preventing and controlling human outbreaks. The researchers, led by Eric Leroy, also suggest that dogs could be used as indicators of virus circulation in regions where no other means of virus detection are available.

The findings are published in Emerging Infectious Diseases1.

1. Ebola virus antibody prevalence in dogs and human risk by Loïs Allela, Olivier Bourry, Régis Pouillot, André Délicat, Philippe Yaba, Brice Kumulungui, Pierre Rouquet, Jean-Paul Gonzalez and Eric M. Leroy is published in Emerging Infectious Diseases [serial on the Internet], Vol. 11, No. 3 (March 2005). Available from http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/EID/vol11no03/04-0981.htm

Contact: E.M. Leroy, Institut de Recherche pour le Développement, UR178, CIRMF, BP 769 Franceville, Gabon
Email: Eric.Leroy@ird.fr

Article details

  • Date
  • 05 April 2005
  • Subject(s)
  • Veterinary medicine