reply to post by Dimithae
Here is some more info...
The book "The Hot Zone" was written about an incident at a primate quarantine facility in Reston Virginia. What happened was that the facility,
whose purpose was to quarantine incoming primates for research labs and the pet trade, received a shipment of monkeys and they started to die from the
Ebola virus. Then it got worse as the virus started to spread through the air system from room to room which means it was something previously unheard
of. an airborne strain of Ebola.. Scarier still, it was 100% fatal. But wait, there's more. When the CDC took samples back to the lab for testing it
tested positive as the Ebola Zaire human strain. This last fact was made pretty clear in the book but was glossed over in the movie.
The building was eventually torn down sometime in the 80's.
As it turned out we dodged a pretty big bullet on that one. Even though it tested positive as the Zaire strain, it wasn't. It had little or no effect
on humans. But testing positive as a human strain, and air transmissible as well, was as close a call as I ever hope to see.
The virulence and infection rate of this particular strain was so high that if it had been a human form there would have been no way to stop it from
decimating a sizable portion of the human race. Even on the best life support equipment the death rate is over 90% for some strains. But in a true
pandemic, or even just an epidemic, the hospitals would quickly run out of life support machines and new patients would be left to die.
This particular strain has already been discovered in pig populations in some areas. This is frightening because pigs are the perfect mutation labs
for viruses. Infect a pig with two or more viruses and you will soon see mutations combining traits of all of them. The only good thing is that the
vast majority of these mutations are not viable and are no danger. However, all it takes is just one mutation to take off and multiply to start an
If such a mutation takes place and leaves the Ebola virus just as deadly as before but gives it the ability to spread like the common cold we are
going to be in the deep weeds.