NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – An international team led by investigators in the US, Sierra Leone, and the UK has garnered genetic evidence suggesting that the current Ebola virus disease outbreak in West Africa involves a form of the virus not linked to recent outbreaks in the region.

Instead, the strain appears to have diverged from other Ebola virus lineages originating in Middle Africa around a decade ago.

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