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do you think ebola will become airborne? how long does it survive outside of the body?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Ebola Virus: There is no evidence to suggest that Ebola will become airborne. Ebola is not an airborne virus btwn humans per the World Health Organization: “ What we know about transmission of the Ebola virus among humans”. However, WHO indicated it might be transmitted “when virus-laden heavy droplets are directly propelled, by coughing or sneezing (which does not mean airborne transmission) onto the mucus
Answered on Nov 3, 2014
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
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for weeks in blood & can also survive on contaminated surfaces, particularly at low temperatures (4°C)” 1 Experiment recovered no Ebola from contaminated surfaces at room temp. In another study Ebola dried on objects survived in dark for several hours @ ambient conditions. At 4 °C, dried Zaire Ebolavirus on tissue culture media survived for over 50 days.
Oct 26, 2014
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
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membranes or skin with cuts or abrasions of another person.” See: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/ebola/06-october-2014/en/ ** Dried virus can survive a few hours in ambient conditions. ** Please see “Pathogen Safety Data Sheet- Infectious Substances” for Ebola @ http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/lab-bio/res/psds-ftss/ebola-eng.php ** It states “Filoviruses have been reported capable to survive
Oct 26, 2014
Dr. Loki Skylizard
19 years experience Thoracic Surgery
Maybe: Viral mutation and transformation depends on number of animals infected/population density. Ebola seems to survive on contaminated surfaces for longer periods at lower temps. At lower temps, dried Zaire Ebolavirus survived over a month.
Answered on Jun 2, 2017

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Ebola: Ebola can be passed via blood, saliva, vomit, feces, urine, sweat, tears, mucus, semen and breast milk. It is not an airborne pathogen.

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