Ebola: a quick question

Michael Rivero rivero at accessone.com
Mon Apr 28 22:38:36 EST 1997




On Mon, 28 Apr 1997, Nanda Somarajan wrote:

> 	The two ideas you suggest about a natural reservoir are only 
> ideas.  Scientists are still looking for a natural reservoir.
> 	On the idea of eating infected wild game, the US troops do not 
> eat such stuff.  They eat their MRE's (Meals Ready to Eat.)  There are 
> many very isolated tribes in Zaire due to the jungle.  They would be the 
> main people who would eat the wild game and we don't even hear about 
> those outbreaks that a isolated deep in the jungle.

  That's the problem. The isolation is now gone due to the civil
troubles. The population now travels further in a week than most have done
in their entire lifetimes. Starvation of the refugees has them eating
everything in sight.

> 	You would think that the whole nation would be in an outbreak, 
> but for some reason, it is not.  

  That's what troubles me. There is a logical inconsistancy here.

  Thanks for the reply.


Mike





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