The Měnglà virus was found in fruit bats in China, and possibly could infect people and other animals, scientists have said. (iStock, File)
A new virus is similar to Ebola has been discovered in China, according to reports.
The Měnglà virus was found in bats, and possibly could infect people and other animals, according to a study published in Nature Microbiology.
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Scientists have said that the virus is in the same family as Ebola — they are filoviruses, which are extremely harmful, and can lead to fatal fever, according to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
There is no evidence yet that Měnglà has spread to the man.
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“The study of the genetic diversity and geographic distribution of bat-borne filoviruses is very important for the risk assessment and the outbreak of prevention, because this type of a contagious disease that can affect the general public, without warning, with devastating consequences,” said Wang Lin-Fa, a professor at the Duke-NUS Medical in Singapore and author of the study, in a statement.
Měnglà is the seventh filovirus found, four of which are known to cause disease in humans, the CDC said.
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