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The Ebola virus is mutating and the frightening aspect of it all is that it could be airborne. NPR writes: For starters, the data show that the virus is rapidly accumulating new mutations as it spreads through people. “We’ve found over 250 mutations that are changing in real time as we’re watching,” Pardis Sabeti says. While moving through the human population in West Africa, she says, the virus has been collecting mutations about twice as quickly as it did while circulating among animals in the past decade or so. “The more time you give a virus to mutate and the more human-to-human transmission you see,” she says, “the more opportunities you give it to fall upon some [mutation] that could make it more easily transmissible or more pathogenic.” A scientist tests a patient’s blood for Ebola at the European Mobile Laboratory in Gueckedou, Guinea. The first cases reported in the outbreak occurred in a small village about eight miles outside Gueckedou. Sabeti says she doesn’t know if that’s happening yet. But the rapid change in the virus’ genome could weaken the tools researchers have to detect Ebola or, potentially, to treat patients. http://www.npr.org/blogs/goatsandsoda/2014/08/28/343734184/ebola-is-rapidly-mutating-as-it-spreads-across-west-africa
In what sounds like something out of a horror story, dogs are beginning to eat those that have died of the Ebola Virus. Dead bodies that are laid out on the street were buried and dogs began to pull them out of the grave and eating them. The New Dawn reports: remains of dead Ebola victims were reportedly seen, eaten by dogs, something reminiscent of the brutal civil war here, when dogs ate dead bodies on the streets. The Liberian Government, through the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, buried some unaccounted-for corpses, suspected to have died from the Ebola Virus in that township few weeks ago. The burial was done in a hurry at night following a standoff in the day between residence and the Ministry of Health burial team. The former had refused to grant the authority a piece of land to carry out the burial. The dogs, in their numbers, were seen pulling the bodies out of the shadowed grave and hastily eating them. What makes this potentially frightening is that the Dogs can act as a transmitter of Ebola, but canines do not develop symptoms from the virus. A medical doctor told News24, “this means that dogs won’t get sick but they still could carry a potential risk through licking or biting.” http://www.thenewdawnliberia.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=12468:dogs-feed-on-ebola-victims&catid=25:politics&Itemid=59
There seems to be and unprecedented number of medical staff infected with the Ebola Virus. WHO Reports: The outbreak of Ebola virus disease in West Africa is unprecedented in many ways, including the high proportion of doctors, nurses, and other health care workers who have been infected. To date, more than 240 health care workers have developed the disease in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone, and more than 120 have died. http://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/ebola/25-august-2014/en/
This in effect has made WHO turn to the experimental drugs like the ones that saved the two Americans that were flown from Africa for treatment and saved from the virus. WND writes: The World Health Organization will host a closed-door conference in Geneva with some 100 health-care experts from around the world to explore the alternative medical treatments and experimental drugs available to combat Ebola. WHO spokeswoman Fadela Chaib in Geneva explained to WND in an exclusive telephone interview that while journalists will be excluded from the meeting, the WHO will conduct a media advisory at the conclusion to allow journalists to ask questions. http://www.wnd.com/2014/08/who-calls-emergency-closed-door-meeting-on-ebola/
A pandemic war has started. It is raging out of control and is ready to enflame the whole world with a virus so frightening it reads out of a horror novel. Dead bodies on the street are being eaten by dogs and now a new threat has open up on the war of this potentially global virus as NPR reports that Ebola is mutating. Will it soon become a Global Pandemic? That is the frightening question that whole world hopes won’t happen.