Janet asked:

Love the book - a must read. My question is...Ebola from African fruit bats or rats? Same MO? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cF-KFDtEwrE

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Dorothy The plague was spread by fleas, not by rats. The fleas lived on the rats, and then transferred to people when the rats died. You'll notice that in the book, the plague didn't spread for some time after the cloth first arrived - that's because the fleas were happily living on the rats. They only spread to the people after all the rats were dead.

Ebola is not spread by fleas. It may have originated in bats, and then people caught it by eating fruit the bats had nibbled, or from bat droppings. It spreads rapidly because the bodily fluids of the sick person are highly contagious, even after death.
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