Ebola….

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    • #7004
      bio_nerd101
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      Does anyone know what Ebola is and how a city can be prepared for an attck? 🙁

    • #69312
      MrMistery
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      ebola is a very very old virus belonging to a class called filiviruses. It produces a desease called hemoragic fever. Although there is no cure for ebola, recent studies on people living in the places contaminated with ebola have revealed that their blood contains anti-ebola antibodies, meaning that they have survived an infection.
      An interesting virus, deffinetly worth keeping an eye on it

    • #69321
      Darby
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      What sort of attack do you mean?

    • #69324
      Snake_Bis
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      And what do you mean when you say "very very old virus " ?

    • #69325
      Vagabond
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      I think he means that it has been around for a long time and many people have studied it. Compared to say AAVs or the like of so called new noval viruses…

    • #69328
      MrMistery
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      actually i was refering to the fact that it is believed to have appeared very early in evolution. However, from what i know it hasn’t been discovered for that long…

    • #69333
      Vagabond
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      Ah ok LOL sorry about that I will try not to interpret peoples posts any more 🙂

      ah yes it looks like the first strains of ebola were discovered in 1976. Not that long ago..

    • #69341
      MrMistery
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      yeah i knew about the 70s also, but wasn’t sure and didn’t want to give wrong information…

    • #69380
      bio_nerd101
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      by attack i mean like if the city was all of a sudden catching the virus, how can we stop the virus from spreading?

    • #70473
      crashxxbrn
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      Isolation is key, since there is not yet a cure. I’d suppose prophylactic treatment with antiviral therapies would also be beneficial, but I remember reading that it wasn’t 100% effective.
      Those viral hemorrhagic fevers are a mysterious bunch.

    • #70486
      Darby
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      People with ebola do not wander around and spread it – they are very quickly too ill to move around, and the virus spreads through the hemorrhaged blood, a pretty ineffective mode, especially in a world aware of the dangers. Family members and medical people treating the afflicted are most at risk.

    • #73696
      ReggieLynch
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      The last known outbreak of Ebola to a great magnitude was the Black death. They have just figured out that is was a hemerogic disease and not a bacteria. totally different symptoms from the bubonic plague.
      But so far it has only been rediscovered in the costs of Africa. Yes it can be spread quite easily as it can take up to two weeks to show symptoms but in that time you are contagious.
      Thankfully though, There is no reason to fear a massive outbreak in times when we can properly identify and quarantine those who are infected.

      Reggie

    • #73731
      fscottdahlgren
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      Ebola is way smarter than us. We don’t know how it gets into cells. It becomes more virulent with each generation. It easily spreads between species.

      There is no preparing a city for an Ebola outbreak, just prevention.

    • #73844
      Darby
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      None of that is true, by the way.

    • #73851
      MrMistery
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      Ebola has had some very bad publicity in Hollywood movies and in novels. The virus is deadly to some people, however research has identified that people living in Ebola infested regions have antibodies to Ebola, meneaning that they caught the desease and lived. From what i heard from a person that used to study the virus, there have only been like 2000 deaths due to Ebola ever recorded. Car crashes kill hundreds of people more each year…

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