Scientist taking a sample from a bat
PREDICT's Ebola Host Project team safely and humanely collects samples from bats in the field. The team is active in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia, where teams are sampling wildlife and domestic animals to learn more about potential host species for ebolaviruses. (Jaber Belkhiria/UC Davis)

For the first time, scientists discovered a new ebolavirus species in a host prior to detection in an infected human or sick animal. This discovery Illustrates PREDICT project’s goal to find viruses before they spill over into people. This finding of the Bombali virus in bats in Sierra Leone and the sequencing of the complete genome was officially published in the journal Nature MicrobiologyThe Sierra Leone government announced preliminary findings in late July.

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