The Hot Zone

What type of figurative language is used in the following lines? What is the effect?

"The Ebola virus, in its Sudan incarnation, retreated to the heart of the bush, where indoubtedly it lives to this day, cycling and cycling in some unknown host, able to shift its shape, able to mutate and become a new thing, with the potential to enter the human species in a new form."

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Personification is used in this section.