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Ebola May Be Quietly Immunizing Many

dushoff_jonathanA Canadian researcher is one of four scientists raising the issue that Ebola may be silently immunizing large numbers of people, who never fall ill or infect others yet become protected from future infection. Their letter was published today in the medical journal The Lancet.

If true, this finding could have significant ramifications for both projections of how widespread the disease will be, and strategies policy makers and health workers should use to contain the disease, say the authors.

McMaster University’s Jonathan Dushoff, an associate professor of biology and an investigator with the Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Infectious Disease Research, is one of the authors with principal author Steve Bellan of the University of Texas at Austin and others from UT Austin and the University of Florida.

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