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Emerg Infect Dis. 1996 Oct-Dec; 2(4): 321–325.
PMCID: PMC2639914
Experimental inoculation of plants and animals with Ebola virus.
R. Swanepoel, P. A. Leman, F. J. Burt, N. A. Zachariades, L. E. Braack, T. G. Ksiazek, P. E. Rollin, S. R. Zaki, and C. J. Peters
National Institute for Virology, Sandringham, South Africa.
Abstract
Thirty-three varieties of 24 species of plants and 19 species of vertebrates and invertebrates were experimentally inoculated with Ebola Zaire virus. Fruit and insectivorous bats supported replication and circulation of high titers of virus without necessarily becoming ill; deaths occurred only among bats that had not adapted to the diet fed in the laboratory.
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