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|Natural Society | Oct 12, 2014 | Christina Sarich|
I hope that the 3000 soldiers being sent to West Africa have gas masks and hazmat suits when they go to ‘degrade and destroy’ the Ebola epidemic striking the area. We’ve been told by health officials here in the U.S. that Ebola is only a nosocomial virus, which means it can be stopped with proper infection-controlling procedures such as avoiding direct contact with infected bodily fluids. But Ebola can spread more easily than that. In fact, the virus has the potential to spread via airborne particles, at least according to several experts on the topic.
There have now been at least two confirmed cases of Ebola spreading to Nigeria and Senegal. Within Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea, transmission of Ebola has gone far beyond the nosocomial transmission standard. There is little evidence of spread inside health facilities and hospitals, in fact, except to the doctors and nurses themselves.
In West Africa, the virus spreads easily into homes, businesses, schools, funerals, markets - wherever people congregate - and some experts think it is being transmitted by more than just saliva, vomit, etc.