Where do we stand on Ebola?

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The 2013-2016 West African Ebola virus outbreak altered our perception of just what an Ebola outbreak could look like. While none of the three primary affected countries--Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea-have had a case since April 2016, the outbreak resulted in a total of over 28,000 cases of…
Uganda's latest Ebola outbreak, which I covered back in July, was just officially declared over on October 5th, a mere two weeks ago. Now today there is a report that three are dead from an outbreak of Marburg virus. That makes 4 Ebola outbreaks and now 2 Marburg outbreaks in the country since 2000.
As I've noted before, filoviruses are some of my favorite pathogens. I don't work on them myself--though in the pre-children era I certainly thought about it--but I find them absolutely fascinating to read about and follow the literature. Mostly, I think, this is because after knowing about them…
I mentioned in this post on Marburg virus that another outbreak of hemorrhagic fever had been reported in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC, formerly Zaire). It's now been officially reported by labs in Congo and Gabon that, indeed, this new outbreak is due to the Ebola virus. More on this…

Please post a link. I find several Ebola articles but none with your byline. Or are you pointing out an article authored by another? Thanks!

Good article, if "good" is a word that can be used in this context.

BTW, news from someone at Daily Kos in comments: Glaxo is testing a vaccine in England. IMHO if the vax works, we're on our way to beating the virus. Not a moment too soon.

I had seen this and thought it was a good article, without noticing that you had written it. The CDC's predictions, which assume that cases are being grossly underestimated, imply R0 values quite a bit higher than WHO's already worrisome figures. Of course, like calculations of genetic vs. environmental variation, such numbers are entirely dependent on the nature of the environment. An American patient would do much less spreading of virus since he doesn't have to get to the hospital in a taxi with ten people in it, and the hospital workers have gloves. But one group of authors is still out there this week saying that the R0 for Ebola is less than 1 based primarily on previous outbreaks, even as it becomes very obvious that it's much higher now. At what point is it reasonable to start wondering if the virus is mutating towards more efficient transmissibility?

OK, I hacve a feeling this is a really silly question, but...

If Ebola is in blood, can mosquitoes spread it? I've never heard of regular blood-borne diseases (as opposed to specifically insect spread stuff like malaria) spreading that way... but why isn't it equivalent to "sharing needles"? Is the mosquito mouth too small for a blood drop to stick to?

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