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Cause of Ebola outbreak in West Africa was 'young boy playing near colony of infected bats', scientists declare


U.K. Daily Mail
By Anna Hodgekiss

The most likely cause of the deadly outbreak of Ebola in West Africa was a young boy playing near a colony of virus-infected bats, scientists said today.

The two-year-old boy - described as the index case, or patient zero - became infected and was the first to die in his village in Meliandou, Guinea in December last year.

It is thought 'patient zero' was was Emile Ouamouno, described as a playful toddler by his father Etienne.

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