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can the most recent strain of ebola virus mutate into one that is transmittable by air?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
At this point: there is no evidence of mutation into an airborne virus.

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A 48-year-old member asked:

Whatever happened with the ebola virus scare?

3 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Larry Lutwick
Infectious Disease 49 years experience
Ebola still with us: I guess it is not a sexy news topic anymore but ebola remains in central africa. Indeed, today who announced an outbreak of the virus in western uganda (29 july 2012).
A 41-year-old member asked:

What exactly is the ebola virus?

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Larry Lutwick
Infectious Disease 49 years experience
Bad: Ebola virus is a filovirus found primarily in central africa that causes a hemorrhagic fever that is frequently fatal. One strain called ebola-reston caused quite an outbreak in monkeys imported from the philippines in reston, virginia that did not cause disease in people. Spread by contact with blood and body fluids, an outbreak is currently occurring in uganda (july 2012).
A 32-year-old member asked:

How is the ebola virus transmitted?

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Joel Gallant
Infectious Disease 36 years experience
Human body fluids: By contact with the body fluids of infected people. Some animals presumably serve as reservoirs of infection between human outbreaks, but the details haven't been worked out.
A 34-year-old member asked:

What is the difference in symptoms between ebola and the marburg virus?

3 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Joel Gallant
Infectious Disease 36 years experience
Similarly bad: I hope you're not asking because you think you have one of them. If so, we either need to alert the who and cdc, or a psychiatrist. Not to mention that it's probably too late now for you to see my answer. The symptoms of both are bad: severe bleeding, multi-organ failure, and death. As infectious diseases go, they're among the worst.
A 36-year-old member asked:

Can someone give me information of the ebola virus?

3 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
Orthopedic Surgery 49 years experience
Bad one: Ebolavirus, one of two members of the family of filoviruses, causes a severe hemorrhagic fever with 50–90% human mortality. That no vaccines or treatments are yet available combined with the frequent re-emergence of the virus, its high prevalence among wildlife, and ease of importation of the virus make it a significant public health concern.

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