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Is Ebola Airborne? You Bet It Is!
By Patricia Doyle

Hello, Jeff - I was reading the article below and had to comment. So, I picked out the first part and it IS the same manner as is TB.  The pathogen iS in the fluids and gets expelled into the air when an infected person coughs, sneezes etc.

It will probably mutate and be able to live outside the body.  This too, in the same manner as TB.  Just as the police got infected with TB in their cruisers after those who were arrested and rode in the cruiser were taken to the police station.  We see this spread in police stations, cars, school classrooms etc.

Now the $64,000 question.  Why are the politicians and policy makers not talking about an airborne mutation?  That is easy and it is not so much not wanting to yell 'Fire' in a crowded movie as it is to keep the economy going and the money coming in. The politicians are hoping the virus doesn't get "found out" aka go obviously airborne which anyone watching the situation in Africa knows it already is in the air.  In short, greed, keep the secret a little longer and rake in money.

I also notice that 4th doctor (Nebraska) has been getting better (miraculously) and I think and am quite sure that he was given ZMapp.  They are not saying as the people in Africa would be insulted by such double standards.  

We have the 5th one, doctor from WHO in Emory, Atlanta, Ga.  Bet the farm we will hear he or she is miraculously getting better.  If you go by the percentages we should have had at least one maybe two deaths among the 5.  So, it appears they are beating the odds or they are getting ZMapp.   I don't put any faith in vaccines.  A vaccine won't cure Ebola. What a vaccine may do is make it worse, i.e. spread it further.  

If we cannot stop this outbreak in Africa it will infect the world. If it ever gets to China or IndoChina and India we are doomed.  We know that Reston Ebola is now in the Philippines and had proven to infected pigs.  The experiment in which macaques were infected and kept in cages across the room from pigs and then all of the pigs got infected is proof positive 1. it can go airborne and 2 transmit quite readily between species.

We still don't know what animal is the true reservoir.  It is not primates as they die when infected.  It is an animal, probably one that lives near and on rivers as the Ebola outbreaks seem to start near a river.  This last outbreak started near the Moa river in Guinea.  The virus gets its name from the Ebola river where it first emerged in 1976.  I was hoping to go to africa as a volunteer and help with the animal work and research.  We must stop it in its tracks in Africa.   Imagine if it gets into crowded slums in Brazil?  India (India has very little sanitation aka indoor plumbing in many areas of the country.   This is why we still have cases of Polio there, and in Pakistan, parts of Africa.  Jeff, this is really bad and I don't have a good feeling i.e. that this will end anytime soon.


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Virologists may not be publicly talking about the possibility that the Ebola virus could someday mutate into an airborne strain, writes Michael T Osterholm in the New York Times, but it's something they are "definitely considering in private."

The director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota says that the virus - which currently can only be transmitted through contact with bodily fluids - has proven to be "notoriously sloppy in replicating", which increases the chances that it could turn into something more contagious.

"Why are public officials afraid to discuss this?" he asks. "They don't want to be accused of screaming 'fire!' in a crowded theatre - as I'm sure some will accuse me of doing. But the risk is real, and until we consider it, the world will not be prepared to do what is necessary to end the epidemic."


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