The Hot Zone

The Hot Zone

How did they know the monkeys didn't host Marburg?

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It seemed pretty clear that the Marburg virus did not naturally circulate in monkeys, because it killed them so fast it could not successfully establish itself in them as a useful host. Therefore, Marburg lived in some other kind of host— an insect? a rat? a spider? a reptile? Where, exactly, had the monkeys been trapped? That place would be the hiding place of the virus.


Preston, Richard (2012-03-14). The Hot Zone: The Terrifying True Story of the Origins of the Ebola Virus (p. 37). Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.