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Originally published November 2 2014

After months of denial, CDC quietly admits Ebola can spread through aerosolized droplets

by Ethan A. Huff, staff writer

(NaturalNews) Common sense is finally breaking through with regard to the spread of Ebola, despite conflicting information by our nation's public health agencies. After repeatedly denying that Ebola can in any way spread through the air, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has now quietly admitted that it actually can, with the release of a new poster that says "droplets" can spread the disease.

Droplets, of course, can include barely noticeable moisture particles expelled when a person sneezes or coughs, suggesting that Ebola can be passed through the air. The CDC poster specifically addresses this scenario, warning that infected droplets can travel across a room and be picked up by someone else if they make contact with them.

"Droplet spread happens when germs traveling inside droplets that are coughed or sneezed from a sick person enter the eyes, nose or mouth of another person," reads the poster.

As of this writing, the CDC poster has been removed and replaced with a page [PDF] stating: "Fact sheet is being updated and is currently unavailable."

Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, created a backup of the original poster, which is available here [PDF].

Doctor lashes out against CDC misinformation

Outraged over the fact that the CDC has long maintained that Ebola cannot spread through the air, Dr. Meryl Nass from the Institute for Public Accuracy in Washington, D.C., told the New York Post (NYP) that people need to be careful to avoid touching surfaces that may contain fluid residues contaminated with the virus.

"The CDC said it doesn't spread at all by air, then Friday they came out with this poster," she stated. "They admit that these particles or droplets may land on objects such as doorknobs and that Ebola can be transmitted that way."

Worse is the fact that, depending on the environmental conditions, Ebola can persist on surfaces for many days. This was corroborated by Dr. Rossi Hassad, a professor of epidemiology at Mercy College, who told the NYP that common objects like door handles and tables are a potential threat.

"A shorter duration for dry surfaces like a table or doorknob, and longer durations in a moist, damp environment," he stated.

CDC technically never denied that Ebola can spread through moisture in the air

In defense of this major policy change by the CDC, a doctor from New York University's Langone Medical Center told that it was always possible for Ebola to spread through airborne particulates, just not air itself.

"The confusion is that they've always said it does not spread through the air," stated gastroenterologist Dr. Roshini Raj. "But the truth is, when we talk about airborne diseases we mean without droplets. If germs are circulating through the air, can you get it? No, you can't get it. But if droplets with Ebola get into your eyes, nose or mouth, you can get the virus."

The CDC has also since come out to admit that Ebola can travel through the air up to 3 feet via airborne particulates. This means that infected persons can potentially spread the disease at restaurants, in trains, at churches and elsewhere where people are gathered. The CDC still maintains, however, that Ebola is only contagious if an infected person is showing symptoms, though the level of symptom severity necessary for the disease to transfer has yet to be clarified.

"If you are sniffling and sneezing, you produce microorganisms that can get on stuff in a room," added Dr. Nass. "If people touch them, they could be" infected.

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