posted on Oct, 2 2014 @ 01:24 PM
That is a legtimate question.
The people who work in labs have been sent the following:
Instructions for laboratory workers and health care workers:
SOURCES/SPECIMENS: Blood, serum, urine, respiratory and throat secretions, semen, and organs or their homogenates from human or animal hosts Footnote
1 Footnote 2 Footnote 53.
COMMUNICABILITY: Communicable as long as blood, body fluids or organs, contain the virus. Ebolavirus has been isolated from semen 61 to 82 days after
the onset of illness, and transmission through semen has occurred 7 weeks after clinical recovery Footnote 1 Footnote 2 Footnote 59 Footnote 60.
Ebolavirus dried onto glass, polymeric silicone rubber, or painted aluminum alloy is able to survive in the dark for several hours under ambient
(between 20 and 250C and 30–40% relative humidity) (amount of virus reduced to 37% after 15.4 hours), but is less stable than some other viral
hemorrhagic fevers (Lassa) Footnote 53. When dried in tissue culture media onto glass and stored at 4 °C, Zaire ebolavirus survived for over 50 days
PHYSICAL INACTIVATION: Ebola are moderately thermolabile and can be inactivated by heating for 30 minutes to 60 minutes at 60°C, boiling for 5
minutes, or gamma irradiation (1.2 x106 rads to 1.27 x106 rads) combined with 1% glutaraldehyde Footnote 10 Footnote 48 Footnote 50.
So your question is quite legtimate. From what they are telling labs, the virus can last quite a while on surfaces.
Other sources say 8 hours, but they are telling labs up to 15+ hours in normal conditions. Money is a regular surface.
So based on scientific evidence, I think yes Ebola could be transmitted on money.
Of course, I'd expect this to be swept under the rug as highly unlikely, but the potential is there based on your scenario.
edit on 1Thu, 02 Oct 2014 13:26:32 -0500pm100210pmk024 by grandmakdw because: addition