Tom Fried, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, came out with the claim that the Ebola virus might be airborne.
“It’s the single greatest concern I’ve ever had in my 40-year public health career,” said Dr. Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota. “I can’t imagine anything in my career- and this includes HIV- that would be more devastating to the world than a respiratory transmissible Ebola virus.”
Experts fear that the Ebola virus can actually spread causing epidemic through droplets that have been suspended in the air.
Their fears rise as the number of infected goes up. Their theory that the virus could be airborne explain the unprecedented increase in the number of patients infected with the Ebola virus in 2014.
You may have not heard it on the breaking news, but it was about 2 months ago that the CDC updated their list of criteria for any possible Ebola transmission, and added “being within 3 feet” or “in the same room” with an infected person.
On their website, CDC explained the following:
“A low risk exposure includes any of the following:
Household member or other casual contact with an EVD patient.
Providing patient care or casual contact without high-risk exposure with EVD patients in health care facilities in EVD outbreak affected countries.“
How is the “casual contact“ defined according to CDC?
“Casual contact is defined as a) being within approximately 3 feet or within the room or care area for a prolonged period of time while not wearing recommended personal protective equipment or having direct brief contact (e.g., shaking hands) with an EVD case while not wearing recommended personal protective equipment.”
In 2012 scientists conducted a study and the results showed that the virus can actually travel between animals, in this case pigs and monkeys, that never shared the same cage or had a direct contact and lived in separate cages.
Actually, about two years ago dr. Gary Kobinger, from the National Microbiology Laboratory at the Public Health Agency of Canada, explained for the BBC News his believing that the Ebola virus was spread by droplets suspended in the air.
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