Ebola Outbreak Caused By New Strain Never Before Seen
The Ebola virus has caused fear of outbreaks in the US amid its devastation of Africa. Turns out, the virus is a totally different, potentially more lethal strain than any other Ebola virus seen before, according to noted infectious disease experts.
Virologists are saying that the current Ebola strain appears to be far worse than any previous strain and it is not one that scientists have seen previously. So where did it come from?
Dr. Michael Osterholm, the head of the Center for Infection Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, reported that top Ebola virologist Gary Kobinger said that “the current Ebola strain appears to be far worse than any previous strain” and that “the current strain could more easily be spread through aerosols than those previously identified.”
Osterholm, exposing comments for the world that he previously made at a speech at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, (in a video clip that can be seen below), said:
“Today I’ve been given permission — something I’ve known about for a few weeks… when I wrote the piece, I knew about this, and it’s concerned me greatly. It is very worrisome to me.”
He explains his worry:
“Gary Kobinger and colleagues at Winnipeg — the Canadian National Lab — actually took one of the [Ebola] strains from Guinea and put it into macaques [monkeys in early September – What they saw was remarkable. It was unlike any of the Ebola viruses they’ve seen in monkeys. It was much, much more severe; the pathology in the lungs was remarkable, and, as Gary said — who is one of the most prominent Ebola virologists in the world — Maybe this is a different virus.”
Osterholm doesn’t want to cause undue panic, but rather, wants to motivate policymakers to come up with a “Plan B” should the virus at some point mutate and become airborne, like the common influenza virus. Especially since flu season is just around the corner, and the US is expecting record low temperatures again this winter.
“. . .the mutations of the virus that are circulating now look to be more contagious than the ones that have turned up in the past.”
Jahrling has told reporters:
“When his team has run tests on patients in Liberia, they seem to carry a much higher ‘viral load.’ In other words, Ebola victims today have more of the virus in their blood — and that could make them more contagious.”
Back in April of this year and only a few months after the outbreak began in West Africa, 30 scientists and researchers published a report in the New England Journal of Medicine stating that the current strain of the virus did not come from Central Africa, but was instead a new strain.
Reuters reported at that time:
“Ebola is endemic to Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, South Sudan and Gabon, and scientists initially believed that Central Africa’s Zaire strain of the virus was responsible for the outbreak.
Using analysis of blood samples from infected patients, however, researchers determined that while the Guinean form of the Ebola virus (EBOV) showed a 97 percent similarity to the Zaire strain, the disease was not introduced from Central Africa.”
When you add to these scientific concerns, the alarm of Paul Craig Roberts, former Reagan Administration Treasury official, and syndicated columnist, who has stated that Obama’s response to the epidemic of sending 4000 troops to a disease-ravaged country is – ‘peculiar’ – one might want to consider the true purpose for the deployment. Could it be to test an experimental vaccine on a new airborne strain of Ebola?
Roberts, from LewRockwell.com, wrote:
“University of Illinois law professor Francis Boyle, an expert of the perfidies of the US government, reminds us that Sierra Leone and Liberia, the countries most affected by the ebola outbreak, are two West African countries that host US biological warfare laboratories. Professor Boyle asks how the disease, which is mainly associated with equatorial Congo reached West Africa thousands of kilometers away.”
Christina Sarich is a humanitarian and freelance writer helping you to Wake up Your Sleepy Little Head, and See the Big Picture. Her blog is Yoga for the New World. Her latest book is Pharma Sutra: Healing the Body And Mind Through the Art of Yoga.