Viruses are known to mutate at a high rate, and Ebola is no different. But this specific mutation, the GPA82V mutation, caused a lot more harm than most. This mutation had not died out in areas where the original strain had. GPA82V mutation is believed to change the gene that codes for Ebola's glycoproteins. This causes the entrance into human cells to be much easier.
When the mutated strain was injected into primates and bats, there was an increase in the amount of cells infected. The mutated strain killed four times as many. On the contrary, when the more harmful strain was injected into both cats and dogs, no effect was seen. Scientists believe that the mutated strain originated in bats and that it only effects certain species. Since primates are very closely related to humans, it is concluded that the mutated strain would impact us in basically the same way. Research shows that it does effect humans equivalently, but not enough data was obtained to have a clear conclusion. This article is very startling. If this mutated strain cannot be understood and stopped, it can easily spread to regions throughout the world. The strain mutated fairly quickly since the initial outbreak of Ebola and deadlier strains can emerge soon.