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Where is Ebola virus found in nature?
The exact origin, locations, and
natural habitat (known as the "natural reservoir") of Ebola virus remain
unknown. However, on the basis of available evidence and the nature of similar
viruses, researchers believe that the virus is zoonotic (animal-borne), with 4
of the 5 subtypes occurring in an animal host native to Africa. A similar host,
most likely in the Philippines, is probably associated with the Ebola-Reston
subtype, which was isolated from infected cynomolgous monkeys that were imported
to the United States and Italy from the Philippines. The virus is not known to
be native to other continents, such as North America.