According to Dr. Freiden of the CDC “there is a zero risk of transmission on flights” into the U.S. Doctor Edward Goodman of Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas assures us that Ebola cannot be transmitted by air, “it is not an airborne infection.”
Scientists who have long studied Ebola say such assurances are premature, and they’re concerned about what is NOT KNOWN about the strain now threatening the world. It is an Ebola outbreak like none seen before, jumping from the bush to urban areas, giving the virus more opportunities to evolve as it passes through multiple human hosts.
Dr. C.J. Peters, who battled a 1989 outbreak of the virus among research monkeys housed in Virginia, and who later led the CDC’s most far-reaching study of Ebola’s transmissibility in humans, said he would NOT RULE OUT the possibility that it spreads through the air in tight quarters. “We just don’t have the data to exclude it.” What was learned from the 1989 outbreak proves suspicion that the current strain afflicting humans might be spread through tiny droplets propelled into the air by coughing or sneezing. No one has ever done a study disproving that it could be spread by coughing or sneezing.
Peters, whose CDC team studied cases from 27 households that emerged during a 1995 Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo, said that while most could be attributed to contact with infected late-stage patients or their bodily fluids, “some” infections may have occurred via “aerosol transmission.”
If Ebola, for which there is no medical cure, were to mutate on its path from human to human, its virulence might wane, OR it might spread in ways not observed during past outbreak. “Scientifically, we’re in the middle of the first experiment of multiple, serial passages of Ebola virus in men. . .God knows what this virus is going to look like.”
According to Dr. Frieden, CDC protocols used at West African airports can be relied on to prevent more infected passengers from reaching the US. HOWEVER, individuals who have flown recently from one or more of the affected countries prove how easy it is to subvert the screening process and have incentive to do so since their only chance of survival might be making it to the U.S. for medical care.
According to the CDC, asymptomatic patients cannot spread Ebola. Yet, diagnosing a symptom can depend on subjective understandings of what constitutes a symptom, and some may not be easily recognizable. Is a person mildly fatigued because of short sleep the night before a flight, or because of the early onset of disease? Moreover, according to some health care specialists, THERE IS NO PROOF that an infected person, while asymptomatic, could not spread the virus to others.
Now the World Health Organization (WHO) is contradicting Obama and the CDC. “The Ebola virus can also be transmitted indirectly by contact with previously contaminated surfaces and objects. Droplets from a heavily infected individual could transmit the disease short distances to another through coughing or sneezing.”
The number of Ebola cases in West Africa has been doubling about every three weeks with no evidence it’s losing its momentum. Ebola is outpacing the efforts to contain it. As the number of infections increase, so does the possibility that it will become a world wide epidemic as it is spread to other countries.
Source: Some Ebola Experts Worry Virus may Spread more Easily than Assumed, L.A. Times