Scientists tracking the spread of Ebola have warned the virus is showing signs of mutating
Scientists tracking the spread of the Ebola in West Africa have warned the virus is showing signs of mutating, and could become more contagious.
It was a team of researchers from the Institut Pasteur in France who first identified the outbreak in Guinea, in March last year.
Patient zero – the first person to be infected – has been identified as two-year-old Emile Ouamouno from the rural village of Meliandou.
He died four days after he fell ill with a sky-high fever and vomiting in December 2013.
Just weeks later his sister succumbed to the disease, followed by their mother and grandmother.
From there the virus spread, before the scientists at Institut Pasteur identified it as Ebola three months later after it was reported to the health authorities.
Written by Lizzie Parry for MailOnline
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