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Ugandan Bats Discovered as First Relatives of rubella virus.

Ugandan Bats Discovered as First Relatives of rubella virus.

FEATURED, Health, NEWS
At night in a Ugandan forest, a team of American and African scientists take oral swabs from insect-eating cyclops leaf-nosed bats. In a necropsy room near the Baltic Sea, researchers try to determine what killed a donkey, a Bennett's tree-kangaroo and a capybara at a German zoo -; all of them suffering from severe brain swelling. Neither team was aware of the other, yet they were both about to converge on a discovery that would forever link them -; and help solve a long-enduring mystery. They were each about to find two new relatives of the rubella virus, which had been, since it was first identified in 1962, the only known member of its virus family, Matonaviridae. In Africa, this relative is ruhugu virus, named for the place where it was found, Ruteete Subcounty, and the ...
Uganda Wild Life Authority Announces Gorilla Baby Boom  Amidst COVID-19

Uganda Wild Life Authority Announces Gorilla Baby Boom Amidst COVID-19

FEATURED, TRAVEL
By Our Reporter Officials from the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) have revealed that there is a gorilla baby boom happening in Uganda, despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 outbreak on the country’s tourism industry. One week after a man was sentenced to 11 years in jail for killing Rafiki, a beloved gorilla living in a Ugandan national park, two new baby gorillas have been discovered in the same park. The babies were born in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in July to separate groups of gorillas, and both families are comfortable in the presence of humans. The newborns are part of a "baby boom in the protected forest popular with tourists," reports The Associated Press. Two gorillas have been born in two separate groups of Mubare and Oruzogo in the same week. The bab...