Friday, October 10, 2014

Virus researchers say Ebola could spread through air - and even spread without symptoms

NaturalNews) The chorus of U.S. health officials constantly reassuring the public that Ebola can't transmit through the air is quickly tailing off, as virologists and other disease experts say "not so fast." Health experts know very little about the nature of the Ebola strain now in circulation, they say, and it appears as though the current iteration of the disease is much more virulent than previously believed.

Dr. C.J. Peters, a former researcher who worked with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to study Ebola's transmissibility in humans, is just one of many who now say that airborne transmission of Ebola can't be ruled out as an impossibility. There simply isn't enough data to suggest otherwise, he says.

Dr. Philip K. Russell, a virologist who helped oversee Ebola research at the U.S. Army's Medical Research and Development Command, agrees. He helped stockpile massive amounts of the smallpox vaccine following the 9/11 terrorist attacks and now says that the government's flippant approach to dealing with Ebola is "dogmatic" and "ill-advised."

"I see the reasons to dampen down public fears," he told the Los Angeles Times, warning that, as the virus is subjected to mutations each time it replicates and gets passed from human to human, the potential for alterations in virulence and transmission increases.

"Scientifically [speaking], we're in the middle of the first experiment of multiple, serial passages of Ebola virus in man.... God knows what this virus is going to look like. I don't."

CDC admits to relying on antiquated 1970s science in assessment of Ebola outbreak

Responding to this, CDC spokesman Tom Skinner told the media that his agency is merely following what was discovered about the virus back in 1976, as well as any new developments in the interim. But these developments, as explained by University of Minnesota Professor Lisa M. Brosseau, Sc.D., in a recent editorial, are still based on flawed theories about infectious disease transmission.

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