Scientists found out what animals are sorely disappear due to Ebola
As it turned out, the Ebola virus is deadly not only for humans. Scientists have found that on account of the terrible disease the disappearance of one third of gorillas and chimps around the world.
According to statistics, for primates fever is even more dangerous than for men. The mortality rate for gorillas is 95%, and among chimpanzees – 77%. While among the people from the virus is inactivated 50% of patients, writes The Daily Mirror.
Since 1990, Ebola systematically destroys a huge number of great apes. In 1995, the outbreak is “mowed clean” 90% of gorillas in a national Park in Gabon, and during 2002-2003 in the Democratic Republic of Congo has killed 5000 poor animals.
Today in the world there are frightening 100 thousand primates. Some subspecies are already listed in the Red book.
Because in Africa animals suffer from poaching and deforestation, its habitat is shrinking daily. So the disease spreads even faster, because the primates are always coming in contact with already infected animals.
According to researcher at the University of Sheffield Leroy Inglis, monkeys also need to be vaccinated against the virus, just like people. According to the scientist, safe vaccine for chimps and gorillas have been developed but not yet tested.
“In many European countries it is forbidden to test the vaccine on monkeys through their similarity with humans. The question is, is it possible to make an exception in this case,” says the researcher.
The scientist emphasizes that vaccination of gorillas and chimpanzees will benefit the people, because the contact with sick animals can cause recurrent disease.