Philippine monkeys infected with Ebola not lethal to humans

PTI
Published Sep 5, 2015, 8:21 pm IST
Updated Mar 27, 2019, 10:47 pm IST
25 workers were tested for possible infection at the research facility
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Manila: Philippine officials say several monkeys at a research and breeding facility are infected with an Ebola strain that is non-lethal to humans.

Health Secretary Janette Garin said on Saturday that 25 workers at the facilities have been tested for possible infection but all have been found negative for the Ebola Reston variety.

 

She says the virus was detected last week after the monkeys were observed to be suffering from measles, which could have lowered their resistance to Ebola.

Garin has provided scant details, and did not identify the facility, the location or whether the monkeys were being also bred for export to foreign laboratories.

It is the latest reported Ebola infection in mammals in the Philippines after pigs tested positive for the virus last year.
 

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