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Ebola’s ‘Fist’: U.Va. Unlocks How Deadly Virus Smashes Into Human Cells

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Researchers at the University of Virginia School of Medicine have discovered how the deadly Ebola virus punches its way into the cytoplasm of cells. The finding identifies an important target for blocking the infection process of this incurable disease that many fear may be used for bioterror.

Outbreaks of this extremely dangerous, highly contagious virus are now under way in the African countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Ebola kills up to 90 percent of people who contract it. In addition to the toll on human life in the areas already affected, there is significant concern that it could spread elsewhere around the world, so finding ways to combat it is a global priority.

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