Originally published October 10 2014
Packs of wild dogs spread Ebola after eating corpses
by Ethan A. Huff, staff writer
(NaturalNews) The ever-evolving Ebola narrative is broaching into ludicrous territory, with reports now claiming that wild dogs are going around digging up the rotting remains of deceased victims and eating their flesh in the streets. Special Ebola graveyards, where the dead are being buried in haste and at shallow depths, are reportedly feasting grounds for these dogs, which officials say are capable of spreading the disease to humans.
The Daily Mail says Liberian villagers first came across the dogs while going about their daily routines. Right in the middle of busy streets, they said, hungry hounds were allegedly seen ripping through rotting corpses, to the shock of onlookers. After determining the source of the bodies, it was revealed that shallow graves were to blame.
"Furious residents of Johnsonville Township, outside capital Monrovia, raised the alarm after packs of wild dogs were spotted digging up corpses from a specially-designated 'Ebola graveyard', dragging them into the open and feeding on their flesh," reads the Daily Mail report.
"The grisly scenes in Liberia came three weeks after government health officials - desperate to stem the country's rising infection rate - hurriedly buried the bodies despite a heated standoff with villagers who refused to give their permission to use the land."
While dogs themselves are supposedly unable to contract Ebola, they can serve as carriers, claim government officials. When they become exposed to the virus, carrier dogs are capable of spreading it through licking and biting, according to some reports, an added fear during the worst known Ebola outbreak in history.
"[The dogs'] infections appear to be asymptomatic," stated Dr. Stephen Korsman from the University of Cape Town's medical virology division to the media. "This means that dogs won't get sick, but they still could carry a potential risk through licking or biting."
Humans can't spread Ebola while asymptomatic, but dogs can? This claim is anomalous, though, especially in light of the fact that, according to government health officials, humans cannot spread Ebola unless they are showing symptoms. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has repeatedly made this claim despite a lack of evidence showing it to be true.
After the identity of the Dallas Ebola victim was first revealed, CDC director Dr. Thomas Frieden told the media that there "is zero risk of transmission on the flight" because the now-dead patient, Thomas Eric Duncan, was not showing symptoms at that time. The CDC is also sticking by its claim that Ebola cannot transmit through the air, which is also being hotly debated.
Logically speaking, it makes little sense that asymptomatic dogs are possible Ebola carriers while asymptomatic humans are not. There exists no credible science to substantiate this apparent inconsistency beyond the baseless claims made by government health officials.
And yet the ways in which this outbreak is being handled are reflective of these claims, which poses a significant threat to humanity. If it is true that Ebola can transmit from asymptomatic individuals, and potentially through the air, then many more people will likely become infected with the disease before the outbreak is fully contained.
"The definition of 'symptomatic' is a little difficult to deal with," said Dr. Philip K. Russel, a virologist and former head of the U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command, as quoted by the LA Times.
"It may be generally true that patients aren't excreting very much virus until they become ill, but to say that we know the course of [the virus' entry into the bloodstream] and the course of when a virus appears in the various secretions, I think, is premature."
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