Scientists have performed the first comprehensive genomic analysis of Ebola virus sequences from Liberia, one of three countries widely affected by the devastating outbreak that began in 2013 in Western Africa. Their work, published today in Cell Host & Microbe, traces the introduction and spread of the virus in Liberia and also sheds light on how the virus moved between the neighboring countries of Guinea and Sierra Leone.
"The scope of this study has allowed us to piece together a complete picture of the Liberian portion of the outbreak," commented senior author Gustavo Palacios, Ph.D., of the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID). "It also allowed us to investigate potential patterns of adaptation to the human host." READ MORE OF THIS STORY ON MEDICAL PRESS