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How environmental destruction sprang Ebola
How environmental destruction sprang Ebola

In 2003, Ebola virus killed around 5,500 gorillas in the Lossi Sanctuary of the Republic of Congo and reduced its population there by over 90 percent — the virus' deadliest incursion in any species until the current outbreak in West Africa. That gorilla outbreak, however, was just the next step along a trajectory that appeared to begin in 1976, when Ebola was first diagnosed in humans, but which had actually been underway for decades due to the convergence of several insidious forces. Yet, the forces that brought Ebola upon us have only intensified since then while receiving little public attention and even less amelioration. Absent their remedy, Ebola's worsening...

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