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Photo Credit: Skyler Bishop for Gorilla Doctors

NEW STUDY: Projecting the Impact of an Ebola Virus Outbreak on Endangered Mountain Gorillas

Study Predicts Poor Survival Rates if Ebola Infects Endangered Mountain Gorillas

In partnership with several collaborators including Smithonian Institution we published a computer simulation of what could happen if mountain gorillas got Ebola virus. There was an outbreak in humans in 2018 in DR Congo not far from Virunga National Park, so we know the virus is present in the region and gorillas are susceptible to the disease. Fortunately, this was just a theoretical exercise and the mountain gorillas remain Ebola-free. This study helps support ‘worst case scenario’ planning so we are prepared to respond if it ever happens.

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