Can Ebola Be Spread as Airborne Virus? Doctors Disagree

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.

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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.

Ebola might be Transmitted by Air

Ebola is Airborne

Ebola Virus Will Go Airborne

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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Ebola Fears: Anxious NY Giants Briefed on Ebola Before Heading to Dallas

The NFL briefs anxious players on Ebola ahead of the Giants trip to Dallas.

1. Guys will think twice about bringing their families.
2. Giants owner said Cowboys will get disease first.
3. The team advised that they are more likely to die in a plane crash.

By Toby Moses
theguardian.com, Thursday, 16 October 2014

The NFL is briefing teams on how to reassure anxious players, with the New York Giants getting help from Duke University’s Infection Control Outreach Network before their visit to Dallas to play the Cowboys this weekend.

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Anxious NY Giants Head to Dallas

The memo reassures the players that the media attention is out of proportion to the threat posed, and that they are more likely to die in a plane crash than from Ebola. However, if the players do come into contact with anyone who recently travelled to or from west Africa they are instructed to tell team doctors immediately.

“I think guys might think twice if they were planning to bring their wives or their families with them on a trip like this, because why take a chance?” said cornerback Prince Amukamara.

“But I think the team is doing a good job making sure we have all of the information we need.”

The full letter from the experts to NFL doctors and trainers was published in full by USA Today. It warns that the key risk factor is travel, and that there can be no transmission of the disease unless a sufferer has symptoms.

Two weeks ago the Giants co-owner Steve Tisch was asked about preparations for the Giants’ visit to Dallas, saying his team was not scared, but he replied on the subject of Ebola that “the Cowboys are going to get it first, so it’s to our advantage.”

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