All viruses mutate, some easier than others. Ebola is an RNA virus, like influenza, and these viruses have a high rate of mutation so the changes in Ebola were, to some extent, to be expected. What wasn’t expected was the speed of change and how it has changed.
“We know the virus is changing quite a lot,” said human geneticist Dr Anavaj Sakuntabhai.
“That’s important for diagnosing (new cases) and for treatment. We need to know how the virus (is changing) to keep up with our enemy.”
“We’ve now seen several cases that don’t have any symptoms at all, asymptomatic cases,”“These people may be the people who can spread the virus better, but we still don’t know that yet. A virus can change itself to less deadly, but more contagious and that’s something we are afraid of.”
“These people may be the people who can spread the virus better, but we still don’t know that yet. A virus can change itself to less deadly, but more contagious and that’s something we are afraid of.”
Asymptomatic carriers are a group of people the medical profession dreads. These are people who can spread a virus in local communities and across international borders totally undetected. NONE of the measures set-up to stop Ebola victims boarding planes would detect these individuals. With no symptoms, they have no reason to believe that they are ill and, therefore, no reason to avoid international travel. They are the Typhoid Mary‘s of the modern day.
The Institute and some larger pharmaceutical companies have been working on a vaccine for Ebola for some months and one of these vaccines is a modification of a very widely used measles vaccine, the type that has failed to stop the Disneyland measles outbreak. The new vaccine would supposedly protect those vaccinated against both measles and Ebola.
Combining the two vaccines will effectively remove the choice from parents of children who have to show an up-to-date vaccination record before their children are enrolled in school. If the measles vaccination is compulsory, the Ebola vaccine would be impossible to opt out of.
Although denied by governments, we all know what happened when the MMR combined vaccine was introduced. The thought of an Ebola and measles combination will fill many people with dread, and understandably so.
Written by Chris Carrington- Ready Nutrition
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