Though the article’s headline declares that this species of Ebola has not yet infected humans, there is no way to confirm that. Ebola Bombali does, however, have the potential to invade human cells.
Bottom line: We still don’t know much about Ebola, and the very nature of the region where it proliferates makes systematic, BSL-4 style study very difficult.
For the first time, scientists discovered a new ebola virus species in a host prior to detection in an infected human or sick animal.The discovery of the Bombali virus in bats in Sierra Leone and the sequencing of the complete genome was officially published today in the journal Nature Microbiology.
Source: Ebola species found in bats ahead of any potential outbreak