The HIV/Ebola mistake

James C. Harrison hexis at
Wed Aug 23 22:22:13 EST 1995

Don Haut (c601591 at wrote:
: In article <9CE925E74DE at>, JOHANN72 at IDA.RUC.DK wrote:

: > With all due respect, the experts (that is you virologist-guys), you 
: > didn't see HIV as much of a threat 15 years ago. I pray, that you are 
: > not about to make the same mistake with Ebola. The consequenses would be 
: > too terrifying.

: Actually, most scientist DID understand the HIV threat 15 years ago.  The
: US Gov.  did not see the threats and that is because HIV is mainly
: associated with copulation (in it's many forms).  The US Gov. (like most)
: does not deal with such things well.

: Don

: Don Haut 
: Molecular Microbiology and Immunology
: University of Missouri-Columbia
: C601591 at
: 314-882-3171

Anyhow, insidious diseases like TB, leprosy, and AIDS are more dangerous 
than rapidly spreading diseases that tend to die out. As they said in 
DUNE, "the slow blade penetrates the shield."


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