posted on Aug, 25 2011 @ 04:23 PM
Yes, Ebola is a horrible way to go. but the one saving grace is that you have to come into physical contact with infected material. In other words, it
is not airborne like the flu or the common cold.
But we did have a very close call back in 1989. It happened at the Simian quarantine facility in Reston Virginia. An air borne and 100% fatal monkey
Ebola strain hit the facility and the USAMRIID and the CDC did a chemical nuke job on the building. It was then sealed up and eventually torn down.
The two frightening things about that outbreak were...
1 - It was an airborne and highly virulent strain of Ebola
2 - When tested at the CDC it was close enough to a human strain that it tested positive as the Ebola Zaire strain.
There was a book written about it titled "The Hot Zone". They also made a movie based on the book. Below is a link and a couple of quotes from the
wiki site on it.
The Hot Zone
The Hot Zone is a best-selling 1994 non-fiction bio-thriller by Richard Preston about the origins and incidents involving hemorrhagic fevers,
particularly the Ebola and Marburg viruses. The basis of the book was Preston's 1992 New Yorker article "Crisis in the Hot Zone". The filoviruses
Ebola and Marburg are Biosafety Level 4 agents. Biosafety Level 4 agents are extremely dangerous to humans because they are very infectious, have a
high mortality rate, and there are no known prophylactics, treatments, or cures. Along with describing the history of these two Central Africa
illnesses, Preston describes an incident in which Ebola was found in a Reston, Virginia, monkey quarantine facility less than fifteen miles (24 km)
away from Washington, DC. The original Reston, VA facility located at 1946 Isaac Newton Square was torn down sometime between 1995 and
The real nightmare is that if the Ebola virus ever goes airborne without losing it's virulence or mortality rate it could possibly wipe out a
significant portion of the human race in a very short time. Keep in mind that the 90% mortality rate only applies if there is adequate medical care
given. A massive outbreak would soon overwhelm the hospitals and their life support equipment that is necessary to survival.
And that is a real danger since the Ebola Reston strain has been found in pigs in the Philippines among other places and species, including one bird
species. But the pigs are the most worrisome since they are the nearly perfect mutating laboratory for viruses. If a pig is infected with two or more
viruses at the same time they will trade traits. Most of the mutations are non viable but every once in a while one becomes dangerous to animals
and/or humans. Below is another link to a site that deals more with the Philippine pig problem.
Ebola in the Phillipines