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Ebola might be a chronic infection – but here's why we shouldn't panic

By Connor Bamford, Research Fellow, Virology, Queen's University Belfast
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Ebola is back in Guinea in West Africa, five years after the largest Ebola epidemic ever known ended – but it has not come back the way we expected it to.

Eighteen people are reported to have been infected, of which nine have died. Although vaccines against Ebola exist and have been rolled out, there is the fear that these small clusters of infection could ignite into something much, much larger.

What’s unusual about the virus that has caused this new outbreak…

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