Artificial intelligence reveals undiscovered bat carriers of Ebola and other filoviruses

Artificial intelligence reveals undiscovered bat carriers of Ebola and other filoviruses

  • Compared to other bats, filovirus-positive species also have broader geographic ranges that overlap with a higher diversity of mammal species per square kilometer.
  • The team developed a ‘profile’ of filovirus-positive bat species by looking at life history, physiological, and ecological attributes of the 21 bat species known to harbor filoviruses.
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  • While Ebola virus has never been isolated from a live African mammal in the wild, several bat species have tested positive for filovirus antibodies.
  • In lab inoculations, three bat species have replicated Ebola.

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@scienmag: “Artificial intelligence reveals undiscovered bat carriers of Ebola and other filoviruses”


(Millbrook, NY) A team of scientists has developed a model that can predict bat species most likely to transmit Ebola and other filoviruses. Findings highlight new potential hosts and geographic hotspots worthy of surveillance. So reports a new paper in the journal PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases.


Artificial intelligence reveals undiscovered bat carriers of Ebola and other filoviruses