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Ebola Followup/ Ebola Airborne?

Ray Baumann yar at umsmed.edu
Mon Jan 29 11:25:36 EST 1996

Will somebody cite the publication that demonstrates that Ebola can be
transmitted by the airborne route. Monkeys are notorious for throwing
things, including their feces, at each other, particularly when caged.  This
seems crucial to these wild speculations about Ebola. 

I would like to point out that there is a 100% fatal virus endemic to the
United States which has a broad host range and infects many animals every
year.  It is called rabies and a young girl recently died of it in
Washington (MMWR Sept. 1, 1995, Vol. 44, No. 34). No one seems to be
speculating that rabies is going to mutate to a form transmissable by
aerosols.  Certainly, it is not receiving much press time. 

It seems self serving of scientists and journalists alike to prey on
people's fears to get more grant money or to sell more articles.
PRedictions and speculations are easy to make but hard to prove.
Ray Baumann, Ph.D.
University of Mississippi Medical Center
Department of Microbiology
2500 North State St.
Jackson MS, 39216
fax: 601-984-1708
phone: 601-984-1713
email: yar at fiona.umsmed.edu

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