Compared to the influenza, We know much less about Ebola than we do the influenza. Ebola is much more rare, And much deadlier (a mortality rate of 50%). Because of Ebola's rarity, It becomes a more difficult disease to study. However according to the New York Times, A 2012 Canadian study of a possible airborne Ebola transmission between monkeys was conducted. The results of this experiment verified the virus traveling through breathing (via airborne), And the study ended when all of the moneys (now having the Ebola virus) were euthanized.
Overall, I believe that Ebola can become an airborne disease. There are so many factors in Ebola that we still do not understand. It is possible that Ebola has many different strains that we are not aware, And it is very possible that one of those unknown strains can be transmitted through the air. The evolutionary potential Ebola has is unknown, And that may be the most complex factor about this virus.
A recent article containing information about a strain of Ebola that affected primates got me to worry about the possibility of this virus mutating to the airborne level of contagiousness. Ebola is already a very effective disease with being able to spread via body fluids. If it could transfer through mucus, It could travel in all sorts of directions in your body, Including your respiratory area. One sneeze could bring those particles airborne. This is very unlikely as the virus would have to mutate to be able to use proteins to attach to the airways, But is mucus all that different from saliva? Imagine, All it would take is once sneeze in a busy urban area to destroy a population from the inside. The research must continue in order to bring light to these dark questions.
According to the New York Times article "What We're Afraid to Say About Ebola" by Michael T. Osterholm, A Canadian team of scientists did, In fact, Find a strain of Ebola that was able to spread from the respiratory system of pigs to the respiratory system of monkeys (Ebola Zaire). This strain is the exact same strain that was responsible for the outbreak in West Africa. The lungs of these pigs and monkeys are very similar to that of humans. This suggests that it very well could be possible that Ebola could go airborne within the human species as well. On top of that, Ebola has been mutating faster than it ever has before. Almost a century of mutations has occurred in the past 4 months. Therefore, One has to suppose that the amount of mutations it would take for the virus to change transmission strategies would not take very long at all.
Many experts are worrying the virus can mutate to become airborne. Through a cough or a sneeze may be catastrophic in a busy urban area. And going through many people's immune systems and being kicked out of some lucky ones' immune body, only makes the virus stronger. Eventually it can take to the form of leaving your body along with the water vapors that exit your body when you breathe. Thus becoming a stronger and now "flying" Ebola virus.
Yes! We do need to worry about the virus becoming airborne! It can cause damage similar to the black plague. We need to be aware of the situation and take action.
I don't think that it is airborne in a sense of it will float through the air and get everyone sick, but I do think we need to remember this is transmitted by saliva. When someone sneezes, their spit paricles spray into the air several feet, this makes that spit airborne for that particular moment.
If Ebola becomes an airborne disease the world may be in for another Black Plague scenario from the early 1900's. Ebola is one of the most deadly disease's know to man, it starts out with flue like symptom's and can end (usually before the infected person dies) with hemmorhagic fever. Currently it only transmits through blood to blood or fluid to fuid contact as far as we know. If it were to become an airborne virus, BIG PROBLEM. Over a million people are right now above you traveling the clear blue skies. If one person on one of those flights is infected with the virus and it's airborne, now two to three hundred people are infected. These people are now going to land in their destination and expose hundreds more at the airport, then some are going to get in a taxi, a bus, or train and expose hundreds, maybe even thousands more. And it will just continually go on. We need to be vigililanlty watching this virus and if it becomes airborne, may God or hopefully science help us all.
I’ve been watching Ebola with concern.
I hoped we’d have more time. We can still gain control but every week
matters. What we do now will be so much easier than what we have to do
if we leave it to run.There are different versions of airborne infections, hopefully this is
in the “only just airborne” category. Just being barely airborne is not
the same as, say, being spread like measles. Nonetheless, the game has
changed. Healthworkers need even more serious, much more expensive
masks.Right now, the most useful thing we can do is help our bureaucrats
to understand how fast this could get beyond control. This is about
making sure there is not a modern plague. We can do it, but we need to
do it in Africa. The Ro (Reproduction number) is estimated to be between
1.5 and 2.2 at the moment. If we can bring the Ro down below one, the
disease will most likely gradually fizzle out. Simple measures can still
make a big difference in a land where doctors are rare.
The reason that the public should not be concerned about airborne Ebola is because science have proved that diseases and viruses rarely (if ever) change their port of entry structure when found on an infectious individual. People should not rely on questionable sources or scares that may state this as fact and should not have to worry about fears of it becoming airborne.