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Ebola may have passed from a pig to a human
International Herald Tribune ^ | January 23, 2009 | Donald G. Mcneil Jr.

Posted on 01/25/2009 7:41:54 PM PST by neverdem

In the first known case of what may be transmission of the Ebola virus from a pig to a human, a pig handler in the Philippines has tested positive for a strain of the virus, world health officials and the Philippine government announced Friday.

But the strain — Ebola Reston — is not known to be dangerous to humans, and the worker, who was infected at least six months ago, is healthy, officials said.

The development is worrying because pigs are mixing vessels in which other viruses from humans and animals exchange genetic material, possibly creating strains that are more lethal or more infectious.

But Dr. Juan Lubroth, chief of animal health at the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization, said there was "more need to investigate than to worry" and still many unanswered questions.

Ebola Reston, normally a monkey virus, was first found in pigs last year in the Philippines. Health authorities closed two farms and took blood samples from 6,000 pigs and 50 workers on the farms and in slaughterhouses. Only four pigs and the one worker tested positive, the Philippine health secretary, Francisco Duque, said at a news conference in Manila.

Dr. Lubroth said the first pigs tested were very sick, but turned out to have more than one infection, including a virulent reproductive and respiratory syndrome. ,The Ebola Reston may not have been what sickened them.

"But farmers, of course, would prefer to have pigs without Ebola," he said. "So we want to do more testing to see what they can do to protect them."

Broader sampling will determine, among other things, whether the disease is more common in pigs and humans than was known, whether it causes fever and how long its incubation period is...

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Testing
KEYWORDS: ebola; ebolareston; health; medicine; microbiology

1 posted on 01/25/2009 7:41:54 PM PST by neverdem
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To: neverdem
I knew it was Gore's fault!

2 posted on 01/25/2009 7:44:43 PM PST by buccaneer81 (Bob Taft has soiled the family name for the next century.)
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To: neverdem

Ebola Reston is airborne. If the pig sneezed and expelled virus particles, any nearby humans could easily breathe them in.

3 posted on 01/25/2009 7:55:45 PM PST by G8 Diplomat (The Middle East: We put the OIL in TURMOIL!)
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To: neverdem

I just read the headline and thought, “Damn perverted Muslims.” Is that about right? ;-)

4 posted on 01/25/2009 7:55:46 PM PST by Mogwai (Do you agree with me at least 100% of the time, or are you a troll?)
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To: Mogwai

“Damn perverted Muslims.” Is that about right? ;-)

Yes, but it’s also redundant.



5 posted on 01/25/2009 8:09:12 PM PST by GladesGuru (In a society predicated upon freedom, it is essential to examine principles,)
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To: neverdem
Already posted here:Filipino Infected with Ebola Reston Virus
6 posted on 01/25/2009 8:20:11 PM PST by nickcarraway (Are the Good Times Really Over?)
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To: nickcarraway

Thanks for the link.

7 posted on 01/25/2009 8:25:06 PM PST by neverdem (Xin loi minh oi)
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To: G8 Diplomat

There was a book published on the Ebola Reston outbreak back before 2000. Ebola Reston was called Reston because of the location of the identification of the strain.

It scared the bejeebers out of people because it was an airborne strain, and 90 percent lethal - to monkeys. The location was Reston, VA.

That’s the nightmare combo that CDC has been afraid of - an airborne strain of Ebola with high lethality.

8 posted on 01/25/2009 10:28:46 PM PST by RinaseaofDs
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