The Mengla virus was found in fruit at-bats, and potentially could pollute humans and other swine, according to a study are presented in Nature Microbiology.
Scientists have said the virus is in the same family as Ebola — they are filoviruses, which are extremely pathogenic, and can cause lethal fevers, according to The Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
There is no evidence more that Mengla has spread to humans.
“Studying the genetic diversity and geographic dissemination of bat-borne filoviruses is very important for risk assessment and outbreak prevention as this type of infectious disease can affect the general public without warning with devastating consequences, ” said Wang Lin-Fa, a professor at Duke-NUS Medical in Singapore and an scribe of the study, in a statement.
Mengla is the seventh filovirus that has been acquired, of which four are known to start canker in humen, the CDC said.