Anyone watching TV news sees doctor after doctor proclaiming the Ebola virus is spread only by direct contact with an infected person’s bodily fluids. Not only doctors are saying this, but government officials from the President on down say the same thing. The CDC has made such statements repeatedly, although in recent days has walked them back a bit. It could be in an effort to prevent panic the CDC is reluctant to tell us everything it knows.
A minority of doctors and researchers have made alarming statements. Some say Ebola is already an airborne disease.
The Alarming Thing is This Group Has Ebola Experience.
Growing concerns over ‘in the air’ transmission of Ebola
By Matt McGrath
Canadian scientists have shown that the deadliest form of the Ebola virus could be transmitted by air between species.
In experiments, they demonstrated that the virus was transmitted from pigs to monkeys without any direct contact between them.
The researchers say they believe that limited airborne transmission might be contributing to the spread of the disease in some parts of Africa.
They are concerned that pigs might be a natural host for the lethal infection.
What we suspect is happening is large droplets – they can stay in the air, but not long, they don’t go far. But they can be absorbed in the airway”
Dr Gary Kobinger
Public Health Agency of Canada
Ebola viruses cause fatal haemorrhagic fevers in humans and many other species of non human primates.
Details of the research were published in the journal Scientific Reports.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the infection gets into humans through close contact with the blood, secretions, organs and other bodily fluids from a number of species including chimpanzees, gorillas and forest antelope.
The fruit bat has long been considered the natural reservoir of the infection. But a growing body of experimental evidence suggests that pigs, both wild and domestic, could be a hidden source of Ebola Zaire – the most deadly form of the virus.
Now, researchers from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and the country’s Public Health Agency have shown that pigs infected with this form of Ebola can pass the disease on to macaques without any direct contact between the species.
In their experiments, the pigs carrying the virus were housed in pens with the monkeys in close proximity but separated by a wire barrier. After eight days, some of the macaques were showing clinical signs typical of Ebola and were euthanised.
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