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EdRegis edregis at aol.com
Sun Jan 28 21:51:37 EST 1996

Hans Andersson writes:

>Ebola researchers have seen several strains of Ebola that 
>are highly lethal to humans, and one strain that was 
>not - but, it was airborne instead. 

Actually, they have seen *two* strains that are not "highly lethal to
humans"; the other (along with EBO-Reston) being EBO-Ivory Coast, which is
a separate strain (Note 1), not airborne, and which was not highly lethal
to humans in 1994, when the only human being affected by it survived.  In
addition, if EBO-Ivory Coast is the same strain responsible for the
December 1995 Ivory Coast outbreak (which also affected just one human,
Jasper Chea), it was not lethal in that case either, inasmuch as Jasper
Chea survived, too.  It was also not transmitted to the 4 (four) people he
lived with, in close proximity.  Evidently, Ebola can become less virulent
and less transmissible in reality while it becomes more virulent and more
transmissible in imagined scenarios such as that depicted in the 1989
fantasy mentioned by Hans and presented at length in Morse's book.  

Note 1: Bernard LeGuenno, et al., "Isolation and partial characterization
of a new strain of Ebola virus," Lancet, Vol. 345, May 20, 1995: 1271. 

edregis at aol.com

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