HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
Solving the Ebola enigma: satellites will provide clues

Whenever Ebola strikes Central Africa it can kill in large numbers. More than two dozen people have so far died during the latest epidemic, centred on the town of Mbomo in the Cuvette West region of Congo, near the Gabon border.

The disease causes runaway internal bleeding in humans and also apes. The Ebola virus undoubtedly has its home in deep tropical jungle, but its natural host organism or 'reservoir' remains unknown.

"Humans get infected only when an individual gets into contact with an already-infected animal," said Ghislain Moussavou of the Gabon-based International Centre for Medical Research (CIRMF).

"In Gabon and Congo there were no human outbreaks between 1998 and 2000, but we can't affirm no outbreak occurred among some fauna. Mostly it is the animal population that is damaged particularly gorillas and chimpanzees."

The origin of the current Congo outbreak has been traced back to the end of October, when hunters from Mbomo ate a wild boar they found dead in the jungle.

The very fact infected animals sicken and die shows they are not the elusive Ebola reservoir. CIRMF equipped with a rare Level 4 Biosafety Laboratory engineered for the study of dangerous pathogens is on the hunt for whatever organism actually serves as the long-term virus host by testing the blood of captured jungle animals.

The sheer biological diversity and geographical inaccessibility of the Central African rainforest makes that a difficult task.

However from next year ESA will be supplying Earth Observation (EO) data of the region to CIRMF as one component of a new project called Epidemio.

Moussavou hopes that this data - once imported into geographical information system (GIS) software - may provide some additional clues: "Characterising the ecological parameters of the whole area of study just can't be done just by ground-based means. But remote sensing and GIS can do it at low cost, and with regular upda
'"/>

Contact: Simon Pinnock
simon.pinnock@esa.int
39-06-941-80-573
European Space Agency
22-Dec-2003


Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. Solving the mystery of the dancer mice, and cleft lip too
2. National Laboratory Known For Environmental Technology Directing Attention On Solving Agriculture And Food Processing Problems
3. Scientists fear new Ebola outbreak may explain sudden gorilla disappearance
4. Ebola outbreaks are simultaneous mini-epidemics
5. Early promise for treatment of Ebola
6. Drug shows promise for Ebola virus treatment in primates
7. Ebola virus-like particles prevent lethal Ebola virus infection
8. Satellites will join search for source of Ebola virus
9. Borrowing from Ebola virus could aid cystic fibrosis gene therapy
10. Purdue research hints that birds could spread Ebola virus
11. Purdue works to transform Ebola virus from killer to healer

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:5/25/2020)... ... May 22, 2020 , ... Oxford Nanopore Technologies is in advanced ... the virus that causes COVID-19. , The LamPORE assay is designed to ... numbers, to very large numbers of samples. Hardware and reagents sit outside current, ...
(Date:5/21/2020)... Mass. (PRWEB) , ... May 21, 2020 , ... ... orthopedic care across the North Shore and Greater Boston area, is pleased to ... , As one of the busiest group practices in the area, Agility Orthopedics ...
(Date:5/11/2020)... ... May 11, 2020 , ... ... platform for patients with implanted cardiac devices. The Octagos software allows healthcare professionals ... The software greatly simplifies the management of remote transmissions and at the same ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:5/15/2020)... ... 2020 , ... Children with defective heart valves often have ... adults. The reason: there are no heart valve prosthetics designed to grow with ... Defense has awarded Draper, Boston Children’s Hospital and Seattle Children’s Research Institute a ...
(Date:5/14/2020)... ... May 12, 2020 , ... DuPont Nutrition & ... partner for all personal care ingredients in Russia and Belarus. Beginning May 1, ... portfolio for personal care. , The GENENCARE®OSMS product line contains a ...
(Date:5/14/2020)... ... 13, 2020 , ... Early stages of drug discovery often ... information on the drug’s mechanism of action (MOA). Gene expression profiling technologies like ... activity of molecular pathways. This information can complement phenotypic readouts and can be ...
(Date:5/5/2020)... ... 2020 , ... ProductLife Group has marked the next phase in ... after 13 years at Altran, where he was Group VP of Life Sciences and ... a Pharmacist, Xavier was involved in his early career in the development of new ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
Cached News: