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....What your saying about Ebola never being seen in the area is wrong.
In 1994 a Strain of Ebola was found in Côte d'Ivoire in a Chimpanzee outbreak, and it infected 1 person.
So its not far fetched that its caused a human outbreak in the area.
And for the record Ebolas sister Marburg has caused a western outbreak before in Germany due to infected imported monkeys and even in 1967 it was contained even after it spread to a couple of other country's.
I just don't think running round like headless chickens calling it a zombie apocalypse helps anyone.
reply to post by BurningSpearess
The Nigerian Minister of Information jumped in in the middle of the fray, apparently trying to turn back the clock. Obviously a bit of a fool in every respect. Before and since, other Nigerian authorities' reports seem much more truthful ...
The strain in Côte d'Ivoire was CIEBOV - the strain that emerged in Guinea is the Zaire strain or ZEBOV - it's true ZEBOV recombines, but I'm not aware of similar evidence regarding CIEBOV. Are you?
As I stated earlier, it's been easy to contain Ebola outbreaks historically - but containment in a lab obviously doesn't correspond to several simultaneous outbreaks in the middle of the jungle or in crowded cities without adequate medical services and hospitals.
No one has vaccines or anti-virals that work -
No one has vaccines or anti-virals that work -
Actually the USA has a very very promising DNA vaccine candidate.
...on March 5, Canadian firm Tekmira Pharmaceuticals Corp. unveiled a project with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which agreed to a fast-track grant to develop TKM-Ebola, an anti-Ebola viral therapeutic, according to a company press release. It would augment what the Canadian company had already put into the project as part of a $140 million contract with the U.S. Department of Defense starting in 2010.
Inovio Pharmaceuticals DNA Vaccine Against Ebola and Marburg Filoviruses Provides Complete Protection in Preclinical Challenge Study
Polyvalent Vaccine Design Stimulates Significant Antibody and T-Cell Responses with 100% Survival Against Multiple Families of Most Lethal Virus Known to Man
This press release contains certain forward-looking statements relating to our business, including our plans to develop electroporation-based drug and gene delivery technologies and DNA vaccines and our capital resources.
Wish you posted links to substantiate all your various claims.
your pulling my leg aren't you?
* Can you link to evidence that various/several fruit bat species carry Ebola?
* Can you link to information about African fruit bats' long distance flying ranges?
* Can you link to information about fruit bats' relocation in Africa?
reply to post by soficrow
....wasn't it presumed that the original strain imported with the first monkey was ebola-Zaire15, which is infectious to humans. The Reston strain, was created through the original virus mutating as it jumped between the different species of monkeys in the monkey house, in the process becoming air borne? ....demonstrates how the virus has been able to migrate from Zaire to VA before it was detected in the past, however, by sheer fluke of nature, the Reston Variant lost its ability to become infectious to humans.
The genus Ebolavirus of the family Filoviridae currently consists of five species. All species, with the exception of Reston ebolavirus, have been found in Africa and caused severe human diseases. Bats have been implicated as reservoirs for ebolavirus. Reston ebolavirus, discovered in the Philippines, is the only ebolavirus species identified in Asia to date. Whether this virus is prevalent in China is unknown.
Filoviruses are associated with acute fatal hemorrhagic diseases of humans and/or nonhuman primates when they spill over from their wildlife reservoir hosts. The family consists of two genera: Marburgvirus and Ebolavirus[1,2]. Five species of ebolavirus have been identified: Ivory Coast ebolavirus, Sudan ebolavirus, Zaire ebolavirus (EBOV), Reston ebolavirus (RESTV) and Bundibugyo ebolavirus. RESTV is the only known filovirus that does not cause severe disease in humans; however, it can be fatal in monkeys .
....by sheer fluke of nature, the Reston Variant lost its ability to become infectious to humans.
The longer this current outbreak continues, the more chance there is that the virus will mutate, and how it may mutate is largely unpredictable.
Have you read 'Hotzone'? by the way? or are you getting all your info from the internet?
The airborne RESTON virus in "The Hot Zone" is not the (Zaire) Ebola virus, which was not known to be airborne. There's always the concern that a deadly virus can go airborne but in this case, for the Zaire Ebola Virus, it was not "already known in the 90's." [Ed. to add: The Hot Zone was published in 1994; airborne experiments infecting monkeys with Ebola were published 1995. Maybe Preston had the inside track.]