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If you want to predict where there will be an Ebola outbreak any time soon, scientists say you should look for answers in the trees.

A new study of Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreaks in 27 sites and 280 comparable control sites in central and West Africa, found that outbreaks that were located along the limits of the rainforest were associated with forest loss, two years before the epidemics.

Using remote sensing techniques and deforestation data for the period 2001 to 2014 in areas where EVD outbreaks had been reported since 1976, scientists investigated the relationship between deforestation and Ebola outbreaks.

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