There have been airborne variants of Ebola before...read below carefully.
The World Health Organization says its scientists are unaware of any virus that has dramatically changed its mode of transmission.
"For example, the H5N1 avian influenza virus... has probably circulated through many billions of birds for at least two decades. Its mode of transmission remains basically unchanged. Speculation that Ebola virus disease might mutate into a form that could easily spread among humans through the air is just that: speculation, unsubstantiated by any evidence."
Osterholm and other experts couldn't think of another virus that has made the transition from non-airborne to airborne in humans. They say the chances are relatively small that Ebola will make that jump. But as the virus spreads, they warned, the likelihood increases.
Every time a new person gets Ebola, the virus gets another chance to mutate and develop new capabilities. Osterholm calls it "genetic roulette."
"The roots of our Ebola fears", that book chronicles the 1989 outbreak of Ebola Reston, which was transmitted among monkeys by breathing. In 2012, Canadian researchers found that Ebola Zaire, which is involved in the current outbreak, was passed from pigs to monkeys in the air.
Dr. James Le Duc, the director of the Galveston National Laboratory at the University of Texas, said the problem is that no one is keeping track of the mutations happening across West Africa, so no one really knows what the virus has become.
One group of researchers looked at how Ebola changed over a short period of time in just one area in Sierra Leone early on in the outbreak, before it was spreading as fast as it is now. They found more than 300 genetic changes in the virus.
"It's frightening to look at how much this virus mutated within just three weeks," said Dr. Pardis Sabeti, an associate professor at Harvard and senior associate member of the Broad Institute, where the research was done.
Even without becoming airborne, the virus has overwhelmed efforts to stop it.
Ebola airborne: A nightmare that could happen - CNN.com
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Frisco Investigating Possible Ebola Case
A person in Frisco who may be showing Ebola symptoms and claims to have had contact with Thomas Eric Duncan, the man who died of the virus Wednesday in Dallas, is being investigated, the city says.Frisco Investigating Possible Ebola Case | NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
News conference at 3:30pm local time.
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I predict if one more West African enters into this Country and winds up in one of our Hospitals with Ebola, there will be a travel ban.
England and France have already instituted a ban.
“I think if Thomas Jefferson were looking down, the author of the Bill of Rights, on what’s being proposed here, he’d agree with it. He would agree that the First Amendment cannot be absolute.” - Chuck Schumer (D). Yet, Madison and Mason wrote the Bill of Rights, according to Sheila Jackson Lee, 400 years ago. Yup, it's a fact.
The range of knowledge of many of the posters on DP is impressive.
Interesting that some of the same folk that post on this thread about how contagious ebola is, speak with incredible authority and contrary to virtually every expert on contagious diseases. They speak with incredible affirmation, without the benefit of credible scientific evidence for their position, nor, to my knowledge any credential of formal training in the field of medicine or bio-chemistry. Impressive.
Even more impressive, many of these medical commentators speak with equal authority on matters of economics, often taking positions contrary to noble prize winning economists, again with out the benefit of any collaborating academic evidence or personal credential.
Then, many of these same people can be found arguing with a tone of conviction (their conviction) about controversial criminal cases where much of the evidence isn't even in the public domain. We can only assume that many of these posters are actual witnesses to the crime at hand.
I don't know, it just seems improbable that these people are really credible experts on so many things. Perhaps, they just think they are and thus, instead of actually adding anything credible to the discussion and educating others, they are doing the opposite in presenting their misguided impressions and just dumbing down the discussion.... just a thought.
Transmission | Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever | CDC•blood or body fluids (including but not limited to urine, saliva, sweat, feces, vomit, breast milk, and semen) of a person who is sick with Ebola
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