An official study done in 2012 showed how Ebola could transfer between pigs and monkeys that were in separate cages. They were never in direct contact. The experiment made a conclusion that Ebola could be spread through suspended droplets in the air.
That Ebola could only be spread through exchange of bodily fluids has been a line we have heard countless times, ever since the virus was discovered, on mainstream news. But corporate media and public health officials have been keeping the truth from you. For some time now, it’s been suspected that CDC’s honesty on this matter is questionable. They have recently made changes concerning Ebola transmission; ease of transference and contamination is of great concern.
According to their update:
“A low risk exposure includes any of the following:
o Household member or other casual contact with an EVD patient.
o Providing patient care or casual contact without high-risk exposure with EVD patients in health care facilities in EVD outbreak affected countries.
“Casual Contact” Definition:
“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.”
Why then didn’t the CDC present this information sooner to the public, so that they could implement effective preventive procedures to curb the spread of the Ebola virus? Ebola is presenting itself as a virus that can spread in the same way Influenza does, but the mainstream media and government insist it can only be transferred through bodily fluids. This is questionable and could turn the general public complacent.
The new Ebola outbreak is alarming. The world is familiar with the Ebola Zaire, but this is different. Yes, it’s 97% genetically the same, but what is not being broadcasted worldwide is that this new strain is ‘jumping’ borders and spreading very aggressively. It has proved hard to contain. Its incubation period is three weeks and it has ‘hitchhiked’ on international flights to Nigeria since the infected have not been quarantined. Its spread has been unprecedented so far especially in West Africa and one wonders whether it will be contained or will spread even outside Africa.
This 2014 Ebola outbreak is the worst ever since it was discovered in 1976. During a span of five months, it has claimed 1145 lives. August official figures are: Liberia 413; Sierra Leone 348; Guinea 380 and 4 in Nigeria. This could be an underestimate number at the time of reporting, given that 12 cases have been reported so far and over 200 people have been kept under surveillance. Total lives taken a week ago, in the four countries were 961. That is a scary rise of a possible 184 deaths -which is alarming!
Nigeria has been the fourth country to be affected by the Ebola virus which brings the infection tally, in West Africa, to at least 2100 people. This is according to reports from the World Health Organization. Doctors without borders claim that curbing the outbreak may take months even if precautions are taken to discontinue flights to these countries, so as to quarantine the infected.
What is interesting though is the fact that the FDA released a statement stating that “Ebola does not pose a significant threat to the U.S. public,” and this is according to data CDC released. They also stated that the virus was neither “water-borne nor food-borne” and that it could not be “transmitted through the air or spread through direct contact with the bodily fluids of an infected person.”
This non-conclusive reporting on West Africa’s Ebola crisis is a detrimental risk to the containment of the virus. Practical strategies like those implemented during Swine Flu and other viruses should be implemented. If not, how do we expect to contain the deadly Ebola virus that has a death rate ranging from 50 to 80% upon contract? The World Health Organization says that “extraordinary measures are needed to contain the virus.” I think it’s time we read between the lines and saw what this virus truly is- a potential horror that could reach us if the government and media continued implementing ignorance.