Ebola outbreak: Virus mutating, scientists warn

ARMCX1

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No evidence so far that Ebola is becoming an airborne disease.

Ebola outbreak: Virus mutating, scientists warn

Scientists tracking the Ebola outbreak in Guinea say the virus has mutated.

Researchers at the Institut Pasteur in France, which first identified the outbreak last March, are investigating whether it could have become more contagious.

More than 22,000 people have been infected with Ebola and 8,795 have died in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.

Scientists are starting to analyse hundreds of blood samples from Ebola patients in Guinea.

They are tracking how the virus is changing and trying to establish whether it's able to jump more easily from person to person
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Mutation makes it very difficult to develop a vaccine. This is the main reason we do not have a HIV vaccine.
Likewise mutation rates are the same reason this years flu vaccine isn't as effective.
 
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I think that the only folks who ever saw Ebola as a political issue have now been instructed not to care any longer. Obedient little imps, aren't they? ;)
 
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Which golden oldie 1990s Hollywood movie has this scenario? It has a star cast too. I vaguely remember Morgan Freeman starring in it. Maybe Dustin Hoffman too? And I think they were faced with a deadly mutating ebola virus outbreak.


Edit: Yeah it's them with Rene Russo. The film is Outbreak. Not ebola but an ebola like virus. After all the shit recently that would be just one more "to survive" item on the list.
 
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To date, none of the 395 accumulated mutations in Ebola have affected, virulence, transmissability, infectivity or an expanded host range.

The virus amassed 50 mutations during its first month, the researchers found. They say there is no sign that any of these mutations have contributed to the unprecedented size of the outbreak by changing the characteristics of the Ebola virus — for instance, its ability to spread from person to person or to kill infected patients. But others are eager to examine these questions....It had accumulated more than 395 mutations between that time and June, when the researchers collected the last samples included in today's analysis.

And such risks rise as the virus continues to spread. “The longer we allow the outbreak to continue, the greater the opportunity the virus has to mutate, and it’s possible that it will mutate into a form that would be an even greater threat than it is right now,” says Charles Chiu, an infectious-disease physician at the University of California, San Francisco.
Ebola virus mutating rapidly as it spreads : Nature News & Comment
 
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