Ok, so the CDC has confirmed..and other things!
Tanja L Davidson
tdavidso at unity.ncsu.edu
Sun May 14 22:07:40 EST 1995
Anybody remember the 48 hours episode where they were first investigating
the Reston case? Didn't the scientist say they were freaked out
initially after realizing that they had a level 4 filovirus because one
of the researchers smelled/inhaled the contents of the tube? I remember
this fact vividly and their corresponding remarks about how the
researched who "smelled" the virus was put into the "hot" chamber to see
if he/she would develop the sypmtoms of the virus. ie. they knew it was
airborne if it was a level four filovirus.
Is my memory shot on this one?
Michael J. Motal (tilion at netcom.com) wrote:
: Vampire Junction (vampires at freenet.ufl.edu) wrote:
: : On Sun, 14 May 1995, chatski carl wrote:
: : As far as a natural host, Richard Preston had a theory that the natural
: : "host" for Ebola was some cave, since one of the index cases had cut
: : himself in said cave and very soon after had gotten sick. Maybe it's
: Kitum Cave on Mount Elgar on the Kenya/Uganda border is associated with
: the Marburg virus, NOT Ebola. Marburg is a member of the filoviruses and
: closely related to Ebola, but not quite as lethal. It name comes from
: the town in Germany where it was first noted. It has also been associated
: with the bats in the cotton gin, again NOT Ebola.
: As far as reporters going into the area, most transmissions of the virus
: are from direct contact with the infected patient. From what I've read,
: the body fluids of the infected person must come in contact with
: vulnerable tissues of the uninfected person for there to be a significant
: risk. In other words, aspirated water droplets from a coughing/vomiting
: victim entering the lungs, mucous membranes, or eyes of an uninfected
: person. Or direct body fluid contact to an uninfected person. A reporter
: who does not enter a treatment ward, or does not come into direct contact
: with a symptomatic patient, would have a low risk of contracting the virus.
: The quarantine is necessary because in developing countries, many people
: cannot afford, or have no access, to medical care and are instead treated
: by their families. This exposes the family members directly to the virus
: and enhances the risk of transmission from the individual to other
: members of the family, to members of the extended family (aunts, uncles,
: cousins, etc.) and then to people outside of the family. In most
: developed countries, medical treatment is sought in a hospital where,
: hopefully, isolation procedures would limit the exposure only to the
: necessary caregivers. And in the midst of the HIV epidemic, protection
: against contact with a patient's bodily fluids is standard and would
: further lessen the likelihood of transmission to the caregivers.
: tilion at netcom.com
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