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Under hospital-like conditions, the virus lived for 11 days on Tyvek, eight days on plastic and four days on stainless steel. The longest the virus was able to survive in the tropical conditions of the West African environment was three days, on Tyvek.
originally posted by: Jefferton
More ebola fear mongering? Didn't we do this already months ago? Are we all dead? No? Neat.
originally posted by: dollukka
a reply to: Krakatoa
They need to keep Ebola from spreading. What happened with swine flu is that it eventually merged with seasonal flu and if that happens to Ebola when Ebola turns airborne (mutates) results would be drastic.
It doesn't mean it's not, either, does it? How many particles of the virus does it take to infect, especially those (hospital patients) in bad health?
originally posted by: Phage
a reply to: Ultralight
Public transportation must have billions of terms!
Nah, a hundred at the most.
On topic: because the virus was detected does not mean it is infectious.
It has been proven in tests that it takes only one Ebola virus to infect a host (via a valid entry vector such as an open wound, exposed mucous membrane, eyes, etc...).
It should be noted that that mortality rate does not seem to apply under conditions of good medical care.
And when dealing with a pathogen with a 70-90% mortality rate that only requires a single cell for infection, discretion and knowledge can make the difference between life and death.
Phage: How was this proven?
INFECTIOUS DOSE: 1 – 10 aerosolized organisms are sufficient to cause infection in humans (21).
Phage: It should be noted that that mortality rate does not seem to apply under conditions of good medical care.