Updates to the zoonotic niche map of Ebola virus disease in Africa
Pigott DM., Millear AI., Morozoff C., Han BA., Shearer FM., Weiss DJ., Brady OJ., Kraemer MUG., Moyes CL., Bhatt S., Gething PW., Golding N., Hay SI.
As the outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in West Africa is now contained, attention is turning from control to future outbreak prediction and prevention. Building on a previously published zoonotic niche map (Pigott et al., 2014), this study incorporates new human and animal occurrence data and expands upon the way in which potential bat EVD reservoir species are incorporated. This update demonstrates the potential for incorporating and updating data used to generate the predicted suitability map. A new data portal for sharing such maps is discussed. This output represents the most up-to-date estimate of the extent of EVD zoonotic risk in Africa. These maps can assist in strengthening surveillance and response capacity to contain viral haemorrhagic fevers.