Which is Ebola, which is Ebola?
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In the run-up to a potential pandemic, scientists are asking: which is the better Ebola?
A team of researchers from the University of Oxford, University of Melbourne and Imperial College London are studying whether the two diseases are caused by the same virus.
The new work is the first to examine how the two viruses could spread through different species and to establish how long they can spread between different populations.
They found the virus was similar in its genetic code to the Ebola virus in Africa, but that the two infections had different patterns of genetic evolution.
“Ebola is more of a single-celled organism than Ebola is, but it is much more infectious,” said Dr Simon Rees, who led the research and is a professor of molecular biology at the University.
It’s unclear why these two diseases have different genetic sequences, but there are some possible explanations, said Dr Rees.
Ebolas cells are much more contagious, because they are made of many different kinds of cells that interact with each other and are often more easily spread between populations.
The virus is also less efficient at spreading to people than the Ebola.
The two viruses are often thought to have different evolutionary origins.
One of the most striking findings in the new study is that the virus does not seem to have evolved to be more effective at infecting humans.
Instead, the evolution of Ebola is similar to that of other viruses that infect people, but is much less infectious, Dr Reess said.
So if we can determine how much Ebola virus is in the human body, it will be important to know how quickly it can spread.
There is also a possibility that different populations are infected with different strains of Ebola, so we could not predict when they would become infectious.
We could also use this research to look at how to fight Ebola, because the two types of viruses are quite similar in their ability to infect humans, Dr John Walker, a virologist at the Australian National University, told the BBC.
While there is still a long way to go before we know how the Ebola pandemic will unfold, the two major theories being investigated are: One is that these viruses are highly contagious and can spread in ways that are similar to Ebola in Africa.
The other is that they are different viruses, and that they will have different consequences.
However, it’s important to recognise that different viruses can cause very different outcomes in humans.
In other words, if you are infected and develop the Ebola disease, then you will develop more severe symptoms, but if you have the different Ebola virus, you may not develop any symptoms at all.
This is an important distinction because we can’t predict how long a person can live with both viruses, Dr Walker said.
“If you think about how many people are alive today with a different virus, the difference between the two is huge,” he said.
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