May 23, 2015
While evidence implies the introduction of Ebola virus Makona into Liberia resulted from a single source, recently published data from the first advanced genomic research facility in the country suggest additional international movement also may have occurred.
For their study, the researchers examined genome samples from 25 Ebola patients aged 1 to 67 years. Patients were treated in seven Ebola treatment centers and had lived in seven of Liberia’s 15 counties. The researchers tested the most recent oral swab or plasma samples from each participant and worked back to older samples.