My Candidate for the Ebola Reservoir Organism (was Re:

Ed Rybicki ED at
Mon Jun 12 03:15:09 EST 1995

See for several 
reasoned comments on just this issue.

> From:          sputnam at (Shan Putnam)
> Subject:       Re: My Candidate for the Ebola Reservoir Organism (was Re: Chimpanzee Ebola outbreak)

> Has anyone considered looking into the possibility that the natural
> reservoir is a plant?  Could this be a very, very rare virus that
> naturally occurs in plants, but when ingested/inoculated (via a thorn)
> into a warm-blood animals it adapts to that host.  I know that the
> outer membrane of the virus is acquired via a "budding" process
> throught eukaryotic cells.  I have read/heard that there has been a
> lot of cash, time and sweat spent looking for it's natural home with
> absolutely no luck.  Just a wild thought. 
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