— The Erimtan Angle —

The BBC article referred to in the above video — “Growing concerns over ‘in the air’ transmission of Ebola” — was published on 16 November 2012. At the time another Ebola outbreak was happening, an outbreak I dealt with at the time (check out the footnote).[1] Written by the BBC Science reporter Matt McGrath, the piece ends by stating that “[o]ther experts in the field were concerned about the idea that Ebola was susceptible to being transmitted by air even if the distance the virus could travel was limited. Dr Larry Zeitlin is the president of Mapp Biopharmaceuticals” ‘It’s an impressive study that not only raises questions about the reservoir of Ebola in the wild, but more importantly elevates concerns about ebola as a public health threat’, he told BBC News. ‘The thought of airborne transmission is pretty frightening’. At present [late November 2012], an outbreak of ebola in Uganda has killed at least two people near the capital Kampala. Last month, Uganda declared itself Ebola-free after an earlier outbreak of the disease killed at least sixteen people in the west of the country”.[2]

But Dr Kobinger was talking about “Ebola Reston”, which was discovered in Reston, Virginia in 1990; and the 1994 non-fiction thriller The Hot Zone by Richard Preston outlines the virus’ story in great detail . . . And, the original Reston facility involved in the incident, located at 1946 Isaac Newton Square, was subsequently torn down sometime between 1995 and 1998, as indicated by the good folks of Wikipedia.[3] But arguable more important is the fact that the Reston outbreak did not result in any human fatalities, or, “no humans died in the process of writing this book”, Preston could have added as a blurb. In other words, that particular airborne strain of the Ebola virus does not affect humans . . . Still, Dean Garrison, on the blog D.C. Clothesline, argues that it “would [not] seem [hard] to reason that if a strain of Ebola that is benign to humans can develop, then a malignant strain could mutate and develop as well. So is the Zaire strain of the Ebola Virus only transmissible through close contact and the exchange of bodily fluids? A Canadian research team seems to have disproved that in 2012. Like anything else in science, the research is evolving and rarely set in stone. But the virus may be evolving as well”.[4]

 

 

[1] “Uganda’s 2012 Ebola Outbreak” A Pseudo-Ottoman Blog (06 August 2012). https://sitanbul.wordpress.com/2012/08/06/ugandas-2012-ebola-outbreak/.

[2] Matt McGrath, “Growing concerns over ‘in the air’ transmission of Ebola” BBC News (16 November 2012). http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-20341423.

[3] “The Hot Zone” Wikipedia. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Hot_Zone.

[4] Dean Garrison, “’Ebola is Not an Airborne Disease’. Don’t Bet Your Life on It!” D.C. Clothesline (02 August 2014). http://www.dcclothesline.com/2014/08/02/ebola-airborne-disease-dont-bet-life/.

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