Ebola found in Philippine pigs for first time

July 9, 2009

(AP) -- A form of ebola virus has been detected in pigs for the first time, raising concerns it could mutate and threaten humans, scientists report.

Reston ebolavirus has only been seen in monkeys and humans previously and, unlike other types of , it is not known to cause illness in people.

The discovery of REBOV in in the Philippines is reported in Friday's edition of the journal Science.

Researchers say it is theoretically possible for the virus to mutate in pigs into a form that might sicken people.

However, they noted that while some of the farm workers tending the pigs also had become infected, they showed no signs of illness.


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The bible says in Leviticus from the Levite priests: "And the swine , which, though it divideth the hoof, cheweth not the cud. The flesh of these you shall not eat." Chapter 11 verse 7 and part of 8 Douay-Rheims.

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