Experts are afraid that Ebola could eventually go airborne
Ebola is undoubtedly one of the most terrifying viruses out there at the moment. It causes an incredibly painful death, kills more than half of the people who are infected by it, and basically has no cure at the moment. As the outbreak of this deadly virus continues to rampage across West Africa, there are some who fear that the virus could mutate and become airborne.
There have been more than 4,300 cases of the virus in West Africa in the last six months, with more than 2,300 of the cases resulting in deaths. This is the worst outbreak of the virus since it was discovered almost four decades ago, and most experts believe that it’s actually far worse than is being reported in the countries that have been affected.
However, behind closed doors, many experts fear that what we have seen so far may be just the tip of the iceberg. Michael Osterholm, the director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, claims that those experts are afraid to share their concerns with the public for fear of causing mass panic.
Discussing the possible future course of the current outbreak, he said: “The second possibility is one that virologists are loath to discuss openly but are definitely considering in private: that an Ebola virus could mutate to become transmissible through the air. They don’t want to be accused of screaming “Fire!” in a crowded theater – as I’m sure some will accuse me of doing ‘But the risk is real, and until we consider it, the world will not be prepared to do what is necessary to end the epidemic.”
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