Study predicts poor survival rates if Ebola infects endangered mountain gorillas

If infected with the Ebola virus, less than 20% of endangered mountain gorillas living in Africa’s Virunga Massif region would be expected to survive more than 100 days past the first confirmed case. That is according to a study that used computer modeling to simulate an Ebola virus outbreak and project its impacts among mountain gorillas living in Rwanda, Uganda and Democratic Republic of Congo. The study, published in Scientific Reports, found that such an outbreak could decimate the population, which numbers just over 1,000 individuals.

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