Ebola Facts: How Many Patients Are Being Treated Outside of West Africa? – NYTimes.com

This is an outstanding article from the NYT that sets out the facts on Ebola with crystal clear clarity. It’s a must-read. Check it out!

via Ebola Facts: How Many Patients Are Being Treated Outside of West Africa? – NYTimes.com.

For me, this is by far the clearest article that I have seen on the Ebola virus.

Thoughts?

One response

  1. I agree with Dr Alf that the New York Times article is very clear about Ebola but I am less clear about its origins which is not an academic point.

    Yesterday we were told on the BBC that samples from Ebola infected patients were to be sent to Porton Down, the UK’s bacteriological and chemical warfare establishment on Salisbury Plain in Wiltshire, UK, for analysis.

    Why is that necessary if the NHS and the Department of Health have “robust plans in place”?

    This given the fact that Ebola has been around since the 1970’s some 40 years ago?

    According to the New York Times article the disease is believed to have originated in Gorillas and according to the BBC the drug companies are only now working on a vaccine because there were so few cases of Ebola before they could see no profit in it.

    Now with a wider incidence of infection the drug companies are, according to the BBC, all working hard on cures and vaccines.

    If the disease was created in a laboratory, such as Porton Down or Fort Detrick for biological warfare purposes 40 years ago, then surely a vaccine or antidote would have been created at the same time?

    What I think has happened is that Ebola has mutated and that the original vaccine no longer works because in the past 40 years there have been no credible reports of Gorillas catching Ebola but many reports of humans catching it.

    This, I suggest, is why the samples were sent to Porton Down to see how and to what extent they have changed and what any new antidote or vaccine needs to be.

    We are not being given the full picture and matters have as Jeremy Hunt said yesterday in the House of Commons, to get worse before they get better.

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