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Despite an Ebola death in the U.S., the likelihood of an epidemic here is low

October 9, 2014
  • By Beverly Merz, Executive Editor, Harvard Women's Health Watch

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Beverly Merz, Executive Editor, Harvard Women's Health Watch

Beverly Merz is Executive Editor of Harvard Women’s Health Watch, a publication she helped start in 1993. Before coming to Harvard she was an Associate Editor of JAMA, Managing Editor with the Union of Concerned Scientists, … See Full Bio
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November 7, 2014

This is an interesting post talking about how Ebola is not airborne, but spread through absorption of fluids. They failed to leave out that sperm is also another fluid that will pass Ebola. IT was also stated “So far, none of the people with Ebola virus disease being treated in the U. S. have infected anyone else..” but the incubation period is 2 to 21 days which is a large range, which means we could still be in the back end of that range. Just some thoughts.

A Stump
November 5, 2014

I live in Atlanta (home of the Center for Disease Control). There is a lot of local talk about Ebola victims being brought to Atlanta for treatment. If the CDC has such a well developed understanding of Ebola treatments then why has the USA not exported this to other parts of the world? The government often points a finger at “big pharma” for holding back medicines “for profit”, but why then is the government holding back giving the world what it needs to fight Ebola?

October 20, 2014

Wish this disease terminated as quickly as possible

paul fereday
October 17, 2014

What is the chance of Ebola mutating and becoming airborne?

Thanks this worries me Paul

October 15, 2014

There is a huge amount of controversy at the moment surrounding Ebola with many independent news outlets claiming ‘foul play’ for the purposes of profit, companies having patents over diseases does not help this situation.

Lilita Rayne
October 14, 2014

Ebola disease is quite rare but deadly virus that causes uncontrollable bleeding both inside and outside the body. It badly damaged immune system and organs.

Sherie, Guner
October 13, 2014

If Ebola is difficult to spread—how did the RN who wore required protective uniform contaminated while caring for Mr. Duncan?

October 11, 2014

interesting article. it is good to read about it. however the comment above myself is interesting..

Dr A,J.Berry
October 9, 2014

Is the strain of the EBOLA VIRUS involved in the present epidemic “PATENTED” in the USA ? And if so, which Company holds it – – and was the Company, or any of it’s agents, operating in LIBERIA when the infection appeared ?

October 11, 2014

The patent is owned by the United States, which was indeed present.

Dr Vaibhav Vishnoi
October 13, 2014

The CDC patented a strain of Ebola in 2010

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