Discovery of Ebola virus?

Elizabeth Johnston ez008171 at peseta.ucdavis.edu
Tue Oct 24 21:56:22 EST 1995


On 24 Oct 1995, Giovanni Maga wrote:

> In article <46076j$fci at ixnews7.ix.netcom.com>, coldewey at ix.netcom.com
> (Michael Coldewey ) wrote:
> 
> >     If you are just looking for popular info, try reading one of the
> > "HotZone" type books, out in the last year. Ebola is considered a
> > relative of Marberg and only has a recent history that I'm aware of. I
> > read about it's origin in Africa (around the river for  which it's
> > named) along the "AIDS highway"; that area seems to be good for
> > spawning deadly lifeforms - perhaps they are all mutations of the same,
> > benign,less deadly viral source........
> 
> If you mean that Ebola could have a common ancestor with HIV I think it's
> not likely due to the fundamental differences between the two viruses. I

I believe the AIDS highway reference only means that Ebola originated in 
an area where AIDS spread rapidly due to people traveling along that road 
(I forget its actual name)
Betsy Johnston
> 



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