Ebola scare in South Texas Update FINAL

Charles Hoffman choffman at pelican.davlin.net
Mon Apr 15 21:28:00 EST 1996

Not ebola!
Employees at the SouthTexas Primate facility report tonight just now,
that the State of Texas and the U.S. CDC representatives verified that
the dealer supplied 100 monkeys, where 2 tested positive for a unknown
virus, was in fact not ebola, but filo-virus.  

The monkeys came from Ferlite of the Phillipines, a primate dealer
which may now have some questionable sources, as a result.  Monkeys
are supposed to be bred stock, not wildlife!

For those interested, it appears that the alarming information of
ebola came from a U. S. Army branch with association with the CDC who
has an member or employee who anononomously  informed the "media"
that there was ebola in South Texas Primate Center.  The State of
Texas and the CDC has confirmed to the national media that there is no
problem of ebola.  Tests are negative at the primate center.  

Local media, however, continues tonight to spread the incorrect
information.  Please do not be alarmed with this information; that is
the best information I can determine at this hour from South Texas
here at the ranch via telephone with persons at the primate center.


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