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Ebola outbreaks

Tim Spahlinger txs at po.cwru.edu
Fri Nov 2 04:56:49 EST 2001


Your questions are certainly NOT boring!  Your questions
have led and continue to lead to a significant amount of
research being done on this and similar viruses.  I can't
answer all of your questions (I'm not sure anybody can -
there's simply alot that remains to be discovered about
Ebola).  However, some of your questions can be answered, at
least partially, at the web site for the US Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention.  Try clicking on the
following URL:
Links from this page and the page describing viral
hemorrhagic fevers will provide you with even more


> Hainault wrote:
> Hi,I've just read "The Hot Zone" by Richard
> Peston.Although I'm a novice and find it very absorbing
> stuff!
> Just a few questions:After the Reston incident,has any new
> strains of Ebola been discovered?
> What is the risk for an airborne variant with the
> deathlyness of Ebola Zaire?
> Has there been any recent outbreaks of Ebola in the world?
> Can a visit to Kitum cave on Mount Elgon put one at high
> risk for Ebola infection?
> Any other hot zones for Ebola?Was there ever an outbreak
> in South Africa?
> Any clues on a natural host yet?
> What is the purpose of viruses in the ecosystem?
> Can a virus be considered a life form?
>  Sorry if questions are boring.
> Hope you find time to answer them,I'm sincerely
> interested.
> Hainault
> hainault at mweb.co.za

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