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Old 03-12-2015, 11:29 PM   #26
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David Sanders wrote it also on 2015/02/24

my reply:

stop citing Racaniello ?
you'll have to cite it when you discuss it. You yourself are doing it.
I think it's sad that there is no (more) real discussion in internet about such
controversy issues, it's not being encouraged by the "system", authors
probably don't want it. I'd like to see the discussion thread on the
vbulletin/phpbb/... forum on Racaniello or Osterholm or Sanders
webpage or an easy-to-find host for these.
Instead we find these snippets on blogs and articles like this.
Typing some keyphrase into google.
Once upon a time there was USENET...
Some journals and blogs allow comments after registering
and reading pages of terms.

One of the main topics on Racaniello's blog over the years is how
to mutate H5N1 so to make it better transmissable in ferrets
(but "humans are not ferrets") They discuss this in audios
on TWiV (no transcript, no writte/searchable internet discussion,
replies by audio-email-letters)
So I don't really know how he meant that citation and would
like to see his reply.
What mutations and how many might be needed to make ebola
better transmit by airosole in humans ?
How may generations of passaging [plus adding mutations or recombinations
by researchers] in -whatever- might achieve this ?
One day we might be able to add whole genes or segments from
influenza to ebola ....
a chart says more than 1000 words
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Old 03-13-2015, 09:02 AM   #27
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Bit worrying that one confirmed and four suspect cases of ebola returned to the UK this week from Sierra Leone. All are military nursing aids.
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Old 03-16-2015, 12:37 PM   #28
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Going to a discussion thursday on Ebola. In depth.

Doctors here in town treated it, and the soldiers in Fort Louis were quarantined when they returned from Africa.
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Old 03-17-2015, 12:30 PM   #29
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Bob-Ebola will percolate away in this area for the foreseeable future. And with that will come westerners who become infected and evacuated out. The new normal.
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Old 03-17-2015, 12:48 PM   #30
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It is going to be the new normal for quite some time.

Ther are still a significant minority who have not & won't change their beliefs or practices about care of the sick & the dead. Until either that happens or those becoming ill & dying are in the care of those who are cognizant of the healthier care practices & follow them strictly, Ebola will be simmering in that part of the world for some time.

There hasn't been time, in the depth & breadth of the crisis to do some of the crucial research about source, spread, etc. We have an idea of the outlines but I suspect the devil may be in the details. Yeah, I'm guessing - I have no better idea of that than anyone else & certainly far less than those working the field.

With case counts dropping & treatment protocols becoming established, fatality rates are holding steady & sometimes dropping a tad. Some care giver MAY become a bit complacent &/or suffer an 'oops!' type lapse. As long as anyone is over there caring for the Ebola stricken, we'll be flying some home for state of the art treatment.

That's not a bad thing. We get to 'work with' a ripening epidemic as it develops. We have virus samples from many stages of the outbreak & many regions - both before & during treatment.

We have a lot of material already from which to learn.
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