Oral Presentation 64th International Conference of the Wildlife Disease Association 2015

Searching for the reservoir of Reston ebolavirus (#55)

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  1. EcoHealth Alliance, Ormiston, QLD, Australia

Reston virus was first described in 1989 when it caused fatal infection in monkeys and sub-clinical infection in humans in a primate research facility in Reston, Virginia, USA. The virus ‘disappeared’ for nearly 20 years until 2008-9 when it was identified in pigs and pig-workers in the Philippines. In 2010, a multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional team assembled by the Philippine government and the Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations sought to identify the origin of the virus in nature.