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Frédéric Le Marcis interviewé pour l’article « New Ebola outbreak likely sparked by a person infected 5 years ago »

12 mars 2021, Science Mag


An Ebola outbreak in Guinea that has so far sickened at least 18 people and killed nine has stirred difficult memories of the devastating epidemic that struck the West African country between 2013 and 2016, along with neighboring Liberia and Sierra Leone, leaving more than 11,000 people dead.

But it may not just be the trauma that has persisted. The virus causing the new outbreak barely differs from the strain seen 5 to 6 years ago, genomic analyses by three independent research groups have shown, suggesting the virus lay dormant in a survivor of the epidemic all that time. “This is pretty shocking,” says virologist Angela Rasmussen of Georgetown University. “Ebolaviruses aren’t herpesviruses”—which are known to cause long-lasting infections—“and generally RNA viruses don’t just hang around not replicating at all.”

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  • Frédéric Le Marcis :

    Professeur d’anthropologie à l’ENS de Lyon, actuellement en accueil au sein de l’UMI 233 TransVIHMI (Université de Montpellier, IRD, INSERM), en affectation au CERFIG (république de Guinée)

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