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Disease detectives trap bats in Uganda to solve the mysteries of Marburg


Python Cave in Uganda is not only home to snakes, but to thousands of Egyptian Fruit bat in Ugandafruit bats. Several recent human cases of Marburg virus – a close cousin to Ebola – have surfaced with links to these bats, and nearby villages have experienced devastating outbreaks. To better understand how Marburg virus is transmitted from bats to people, CDC worked with Ugandan experts to put GPS units on the backs of bats to track their movements By learning where the bats travel at night, we hope to better predict which areas are most at risk for Marburg and stop the next outbreak before it ever starts.

  • Check out this Washington Post piece by journalist Lena Sun, who followed along with our scientists during their trip.
  • Join our disease detectives on their journey in this new YouTube video.
  • Visit the CDC website to learn more about Marburg.


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