Aspen Ideas: Disease Detectives – Ebola

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What do bats have to do with Ebola? Disease detective and epidemiologist Neil Vora with the Center for Disease Control’s Epidemic Intelligence Service explains the ongoing research related to the likely host animal — a quest that led him to a bat cave in Nigeria. (Watch, 2 minutes.) “About two thirds of all new diseases come from the animal kingdom,” notes Tom Frieden, director of the CDC. “Bats are a particularly problematic species.” Skilled at conducting outbreak investigations, research, and surveillance, these frontline public health officers play a critical role, as the largest Ebola outbreak in history courses through West Africa.

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