Originally published October 19 2014
If Ebola isn't airborne, then how did the NBC News cameraman catch it?
by L.J. Devon, Staff Writer
(NaturalNews) It was no joke when American NBC News freelancer Ashoka Mukpo started coming down with symptoms of Ebola on October 1. The symptoms set in just one day after he was hired to be a cameraman for NBC News Chief Medical Editor Correspondent, Dr. Nancy Snyderman. One day after Mukpo came down with symptoms, he was formally tested for Ebola. On October 2, NBC News confirmed that Mukpo had tested positive for Ebola virus in Liberia. A day before Mukpo started showing symptoms, Dr. Synderman tweeted, "[W]e have witnessed the dead, dying and suspicious cases of Ebola."
About two weeks before his diagnosis, Mukpo wrote how he felt about the crisis on Facebook: "man oh man i have seen some bad things in the last two weeks of my life. how unpredictable and fraught with danger life can be. how in some parts of the world, basic levels of help and assistance that we take for granted completely don't exist for many people. the raw coldness of deprivation and the potential for true darkness that exists in the human experience. i hope that humanity can figure out how we can take care of each other and our world. simple, soft aspiration for all my brothers and sisters on this earth who suffer the elements and the cold. may we all be free, loved, and tended to..."
Cameraman takes serious precautions but may have contacted Ebola indirectly anywayAccording to NBC, the 33-year-old cameraman had been working in Liberia for the past three years documenting the Ebola crisis. He had previously done work for Al Jazeera and Vice in the weeks leading up to contracting the virus. On Facebook, he reminded his friends that he was taking serious precaution to keep Ebola at bay.
"I am taking serious precautions and washing with chlorine regularly," he wrote in a Sept. 5 post.
He explained to his friends that he was doing everything he could to prevent coming into direct contact with infected body fluids. However, as time went on, washing with chlorine and avoiding contaminated body fluids was not enough. Had the Ebola virus begun to mutate into an airborne virus? How did Mukpo contract Ebola while working as a cameraman? How did he contract the virus "indirectly"?
Much confusion is going around about how Ebola can spread. The US CDC says catching Ebola requires "direct contact," where blood, saliva, mucus, vomit, urine, or feces from an infected person must touch someone's eyes, nose or mouth or an open cut, wound or abrasion. These modes of "direct contact" can actually become "indirect contact" if the fluid from the infected person separates from them and comes into contact with an unsuspecting victim. This is where the CDC seems to be misleading many.
This means, very possibly, that Ebola could go airborne through body fluid and come in contact with a new victim without them realizing it. Theoretically, the Ebola virus can latch onto small particles of spit and mucus floating in the air, ultimately gaining the power to travel as an airborne aerosol over a short distance. This could have been how Mukpo contracted the virus. The virus could have gone airborne and entered his body, for example, through the eye ducts. He may never have come into actual "direct contact" with the virus to catch it. It could have simply traveled through the air to his eyes.
As Mukpo arrives in the US for treatment, it will be important for those working nearby to be wary of Ebola's airborne potential. Those he worked around, including Dr. Snyderman, are set to be flown privately back to the US as well, out of "an abundance of caution." The NBC team will be quarantined for 21 days in the US.
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