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[QUOTE]Originally posted by glassman: [QB] my wife was working with the mosquito that carries West Nile Virus beofre WNV cameto the US. She made several major breakthroughs that coincided with the arrival of WNV. Instead of supporting her research and allowing her to follow those break throughs, the politicians got involved and redirected thier buddies into the projects. My wife has not been ALLOWED by directive to work with skeeters since. WNV has not been slowed down in th eleast by the current researchers adn people die regualrly from it. Could my wife have stoped it? NO! i'm not saying that. But what i am saying is that when the media gets ahold of this stuff, and the money starts to flow, the politics takes over and the real research gets buried. Ebola is a big unknown. [b] Vector. The natural reservoir for Ebola is unknown. Epidemiologists have tested bats, monkeys, spiders and ticks for the virus, but have not been able to acquire definitive data. Common factors indicate that the natural reservoir is part of rural Africa, and CDC tests have shown that 10% of all Asian and African monkeys have antibodies to filoviruses. However, because the virus is as pathogenic in nonhuman primates as it is in humans, it is highly unlikely that monkeys themselves are a reservoir. It is speculated that persistent mammalian infection may help maintain the virus in nature, but that the natural reservoir is more likely to be a long-lived arthropod associated with the monkeys. Secondary spread of the disease is via contact with infected persons or contact with blood, secretions, or excretions of infected persons. However, contact between viremic persons results in infection rates of approximately 10% ---such contact is not an efficient form of viral transmission. Infection via contact during the incubation period is rare. In contrast, nosocomial transmission is extremely dangerous. In all epidemics, nosocomial transmission, via contaminated syringes or needles, was responsible for a significant number of deaths. In a small number of cases of the Zaire and Sudan strains, patients did not have contact with the blood or body fluids of other viremic patients. In these few cases, it is possible that the patients contracted the virus via aerosol transmission. Although the Zaire and Sudan strains are not usually passed from human to human by aerosol, the Reston strain is transmitted via small-particle aerosol between monkeys and from monkeys to humans. In addition, Ebola Zaire and Marburg virus have been isolated from the alveoli of infected monkeys. Viruses can persist in injection equipment, multidose medicine vials, or in dried material. The virus can also continue to be shed in the patient's semen for 3 or 4 months after symptoms disappear. In one case, the virus was isolated from the anterior chamber fluid of a uveitis patient. [/b] we don't know ANYTHING about it's vectors and reservoirs and you can ignore 90% of what they try to tell you on TV..... read this line again; [b] the natural reservoir is more likely to be a long-lived arthropod associated with the monkeys[/b] that's waht we are really up against. most likely a bug that bites monkeys and people.... this site here is BS free as i can find... http://www.tarakharper.com/v_ebola.htm [/QB][/QUOTE]
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