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Thu Apr 29 13:46:02 EST 1999
I'LL ADD A FEW NOTES TO SOME OF THE ANSWERS
Julius Stiebert wrote in message <7fd4hg$mb$1 at fu-berlin.de>...
>I will try to answer your questions...
>Please, can you send me your report if you done it? Thanks in advance
>> Q: Is Ebola definitely a new disease, or is it a disease that has mutated
>> to it's current form?
>A: Nobody really knows that. Some scientists think, that it ever was in its
>current form, but that it is not dangerous for the host. Some other
>speculate about that very interesting thesis: They think, that Ebola was a
>plant virus, and was infecting people, when they eat a contagious plant.
>> Q: Does Ebola have the potential to become airborne?
>A: Some say 'yes' and some say 'no'. I think yes, because the scientists at
>USAMRIID wasn't sure, if Ebola Reston was transfered to the other monkey
>rooms via air. They work in the BSL4 lab with this virus. The CDC and some
>organizations here in Germany work in BSL2 with it, because they don't
>believe in this danger.
>> Q: Why does Ebola Reston only kill animals and not humans?
>A: I don't know why.
IF I REMEMBER RIGHT RESTON IS THE STRAIN THAT ONLY SEEMS TO INFECT MONKEY'S
AND NOT HUMANS. THIS WOULD PROBABLY A RECEPTOR PROBLEM. MOST VIRUSES USE USE
RECEPTORS ON CELLS FOR INFECTION. THIS STRAIN MAY USE A RECEPTOR THAT IS
ONLY FOUND ON MONKEY CELLS AND NOT HUMAN CELLS.
>> Q: Why can't our immune system fight off the disease?
>A: Did you never learn something about the immun system? It is similar to
AGAIN FROM MEMORY ITS TIMING. THE DISEASE ONSET IS FAST AND OVERWLEMING TO
THE IMMUNE SYSTEM THE IMMUNE RESPONCE JUST CAN'T MOUNT A STRONG ENOUGH
RESPONCE FAST ENOUGH
>> Q: Is it true that Ebola could have been responsible for the Great Plaque
>> 425 B.C.?
>A: I never heard about this. But I think (and I believe in) that Ebola
>people a long time ago 1976.
>> Q: What are the chances of Ebola reaching the USA?
>A: That isn't a great problem. You have to fly to Africa, infect with Ebola
>and fly back in the USA. It is the same like with the monkeys in Reston.
>But: If you have symptoms for hemorrhagic fever the airport staff will
>inform the CDC or some similar organization.
>> Q: Is it true that some people in Africa have antibodies to help fight
>> the Ebola virus?
>A: I heard of that. But I don't know if it is really true. But why not? It
>is the same by Lassa fever.
ANTIBODIES FROM SURVIVORS OF THE INFECTION ARE CREATED. DON'T KNOW AS TO
THEIR EFFECTIVENESS AGAINST RE-INFECTION
>> Q: Could it be possible that Ebola once was a harmless virus that mutated
>> into this very harmful virus?
>A: Yes, but I wrote that already at the first question.
>> Q: What is most likely the host or cause of Ebola?
>A: Nobody knows the host. Otherwise it wouldn't be so difficult to get a
>serum. But the most scientists think that monkeys are the host. If Ebola
>really was a plant virus (see the first question) they have to find that
RESCENT RESEARCH POINT AT A BATS, FRUIT BATS I BELIEVE TO BE THE NATURAL
>See ya next time
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