Top Experts Agree: Ebola Can Spread Via Aerosols

It’s Insane that Frontline Healthcare Workers Still Aren’t Wearing Respirators

WND reports:

A U.S. government agency has warned preliminary data shows Ebola is aerostable, meaning it can survive in the air and potentially be transmitted via airborne means.

The document was released in a federal government announcement seeking research proposals from private firms for Ebola treatment and diagnosis tools, including for the rapid disinfection of an “aerosol” version of the virus.


Defense Threat Reduction Agency, the Department of Defense’s Combat Support Agency for countering weapons of mass destruction.

The agency report states “preliminary studies indicate that Ebola is aerostable in an enclosed controlled system in the dark and can survive for long periods in different liquid media and can also be recovered from plastic and glass surfaces at low temperatures for over 3 weeks.”

Scientists from the US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases found that Ebola can be transmitted by aerosol.

A study by a British government defense lab found:

All three filoviruses under investigation [Ebola is a type of filovirus; the study involved two strains of Ebola and one strain of Marburg] could be detected after 90 min in a dynamic aerosol ….

This week, even the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) admitted that Ebola can travel through the air in aerosols. CDC scientists had previously admitted this in 1999.

Two top national infectious disease experts, a top public health expert and many others agree.

So why aren’t the frontline healthcare workers treating Ebola patients wearing respirators?  It makes absolutely no sense.

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  • Ray

    Simple – The front-line healthcare workers are not scared. Why would that be though?

    • kimyo

      your view is at odds with the nurse’s union statements. also, i heard a first hand account this weekend of a nurse, literally terrified and shaking when told by the patient of her recent travel history from west africa.

      it’s not the health care workers, it’s the cdc which is not scared. why would that be, though?

      • Ray

        If I was the healthcare worker I would be wearing the respirators regardless, even if I had to pay for it, yet they don’t?

        • kimyo

          if you showed up for work at a hospital which didn’t provide gloves, you’d just turn around and go straight home, yes?

          it is the responsibility of the cdc and the hospitals to ensure that the front line workers are provided with the necessary gear, and with training in its use. how it can occur to someone to blame nina pham for being infected is beyond me.

          • Ray

            I guess as an individualist I have a different world view. I take responsibility for myself and will assert myself especially when my life is at stake. Perhaps that is what is wrong with the world? I can’t understand thinking that says: “It’s ok if I contract a deadly disease, as long as I have someone to blame for it!”

          • kimyo

            “It’s ok if I contract a deadly disease, as long as I have someone to blame for it!”

            if you really think that we have nurses running around saying that, you’re certifiable.

          • Ray

            So what you’re saying is that as long as they don’t go walking around saying it, it is better than walking around and acting as if they’d be saying it?

  • Strategic Collapse

    If I had been given the vaccine before federal covert agents unleased their bio agent… I could roll around naked all day in Ebola too!
    Snap out of your information stupor folks! Ebola has been around for over 30 years and people have been travelling to and from the ebola zones since then… The present ebloa is a bio-warfare agent.

  • kimyo

    the messaging is clear, we are meant to think ‘selfish, irresponsible health care workers’. it’s everywhere, left to right on the msm dial, the local news, the comment threads.

    why does mr klain want so badly for us to think this? at first blush it might seem like an attempt to provide cover for the cdc, but the vastness of the effort rules that out.

    the only thing i can come up with is that with ‘dozens of ebola cases popping up’ a plausible vector of transmission will be needed.

    if there was no obvious local source of infection, people might start to think that a bio-weapons attack was taking place.
    Why Ebola Quarantines Will Grow Larger — And More Troubling

    Sometime in January or February – as the Ebola epidemic explodes out of
    West Africa – we’ll start experiencing larger, more frequent outbreaks
    in American cities.
    With the flu as a background to confound suspected
    cases of Ebola, public health departments will be hard pressed to “track
    and trace” all of the potential “contacts” when perhaps dozens of Ebola
    pop up in their cities.

  • Stars & Stripes

    Stars & Stripes: [Ebola] spread only when a victim is symptomatic

    Twenty-one days is the maximum amount of time that can pass before
    someone infected with Ebola becomes symptomatic. The disease is
    spread only when a victim is symptomatic.

  • Stars & Stripes