Top Scientist: Ebola Virus Mutation – More Contagious
New fears that the Ebola virus is mutating and becoming even more contagious.
Chief scientist at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Peter Jahrling, said (to vox media) his team has run tests on patients in Liberia, and they seem to carry a much higher “viral load.”
“There seems to be a belief that the virus load is higher in these patients [today] than what we have seen before. If true, that’s a very different bug.”
Apparently this virus burns hotter and quicker.
[meaning it’s more contagious and easily spread].
We have been saying here on our blog, based on simple historical Ebola statistics, that something is very different about this Ebola.
The first case of Ebola was during 1976 which infected 318 people (280 died).
The second major Ebola outbreak was during 1995 with 315 cases (killing 254).
During 2003 Ebola infected 143 and killed 128.
In 2007 Ebola affected 264 individuals resulting in 187 deaths.
This time, in 2014, as of this post date, Ebola has been confirmed to have infected more than 9,200 – while the real number is likely much much higher. There are estimates that 10,000 new Ebola cases might soon be turning up each week as it continues to rage on.
Something is very different about this Ebola.
Current World Health Organization Ebola statistics (situation reports).
Ebola victims today apparently have more of the virus in their blood — and that could make them more contagious, according to Peter Jahrling – whose team continues to test further.
…thought you would like to know.