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Any info on Eboli

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Mon Jul 3 11:25:08 EST 1995


In Article <3t0pgu$bp0 at boris.eden.com>
robert at eden.com (Robert Barker) writes:

>is there any info on the Eboli virus?

     Yes, It is a recombinant virus containing elements of the Ebola virus
and the bacterium E. coli. (strain 0157 if I remember right). The use of
dirty needles from Zaire to inject antibiotics into cattle harboring the
shigella like E. coli. has caused many people who eat semi-cooked hamburgers 
from a certain western restaurant chain to fall ill with bloody diarrhea. 

     Just kidding :) 

     Why do so many people ask about "Eboli"? If you mean Ebola, there are many
good popular works such as Richard Prestons "The Hot Zone" (about Ebola 
outbreaks in Yambuku and Nzara, and the "harmless" Ebola monkey outbreak in
Reston. Laurie Garrett's "The Coming Plague" covers many emerging diseases 
and the human actions which causes their emergence. For scientific literature
search (using medline or scientific scitations index) for Ebola or filovirus
or filoviridae. 



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