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Mapping the niche of Ebola host animals

Using GBIF-mediated occurrence records for bats believed to act as reservoir hosts, researchers have mapped the areas of Africa potentially at risk from outbreaks of the Ebola virus.

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Modeling the niche of plague

Yersinia pestis, the bacterium responsible for bubonic and pneumonic plague in humans, also causes disease in rodents like deer mouse (Peromyscus maniculatus). The western United States has one of the largest concentrations of plague in the modern world, and this study set out to model Y. pestis infections occurring in the region not only in the wild but also domestic animal.