BACK IN THE HEADLINES Ebola is MUTATING claim scientists tracking outbreak amid fears virus could go AIRBORNE
After the worst handling of any crises in its history the WHO ARE STILL LECTURING US ON HOW INFECTIOUS DISEASES SHOULD BE TREATED. Perhaps we should tell these morons to take a run and jump as many African Nations did as they found out what imbeciles the “WHO” REALLY WERE and in some cases accused them of spreading the disease.
Researchers at the Institut Pasteur in France, the lab responsible for first identifying the outbreak back last March, have been tracking mutations in the fatal Ebola virus.
We know the virus is changing quite a lot. We need to know how the virus [is evolving] to keep up with our enemy
Dr Anavaj Sakuntabhai
“We need to know how the virus [is evolving] to keep up with our enemy.”
A mutation to allow the spread of Ebola through inhalation is one of the biggest and most common fears.
Institut Pasteur virologist Noel Tordo said: “At the moment, not enough has been done in terms of the evolution of the virus both geographically and in the human body, so we have to learn more. But something has shown that there are mutations.
“For the moment the way of transmission is still the same. You just have to avoid contact [with an Ebola sufferer]”
“But as a scientist you can’t predict it won’t change. Maybe it will,” he admitted.
French researchers are analysing hundreds of blood samples from Ebola sufferers in Guinea
Ebola is currently spreading through three nations in West Africa
The French researchers are analysing hundreds of blood samples from Ebola sufferers in Guinea.
Dr Sakuntabhai explained: “We’ve now seen several cases that don’t have any symptoms at all, asymptomatic cases.
“These people may be the people who can spread the virus better, but we still don’t know that yet.
“A virus can change itself to less deadly, but more contagious and that’s something we are afraid of.”
The research is critical in tracking ongoing changes in how the virus responds to vaccines.
Professor James Di Santo, who works as an immunologist at the Institut Pasteur, said: “We’ve seen now this is a threat that can be quite large and can extend on a global scale.
“We’ve learned this virus is not a problem of Africa, it’s a problem for everyone.”
“This particular outbreak may wane and go away, but we’re going to have another infectious outbreak at some point, because the places where the virus hides in nature, for example in small animals, is still a threat for humans in the future,” he added.
“The best type of response we can think of … is to have vaccination of global populations.”
The Institut Pasteur in France, is the lab responsible for first identifying the outbreak
Royal Free Hospital in London successfully cured nurse Pauline Cafferkey
Although there is currently no approved treatment for the fatal virus a number of experimental drugs are being developed.
Survival can often depend more on the strength of the sufferer’s immune system than anything medical science is currently able to do.
The number of new Ebola cases last week was the lowest recorded tally since June 2014, WHO has reported.