Ebola Outbreak: 15 More Countries and 70 Million at Risk of Virus

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The deadliest outbreak of Ebola in history could spread to over 15 more African countries and affect up to 70 million people, a study has found.

A map, based on a model created by a team led by University of Oxford scientists, predicts that in animal populations the Ebola virus could be circulating across a vast swathe of forested West and Central Africa.

The area stretches across seven countries which have already reported Ebola transmission from animals to humans, as well as other countries including Ghana, Cameroon, Burundi, the Central African Republic, Tanzania and Madagascar.

The research is the first of its kind to attempt to explain how the virus, which is spread through contact with infected bodily fluids, has moved west across the African continent.

The World Health Organization reported earlier this week that 2,288 people have been killed in the current outbreak, with around half dying within the last…

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