Originally published November 2 2014
Learn the facts - Ebola carriers can be infectious without symptoms; symptoms merely increase transmissibility
by Jonathan Benson, staff writer
(NaturalNews) Nearly everything that the government has been saying about how and when Ebola is transmissible is turning out to be false, as evidenced by yet another peg in the Ebola matrix of lies coming undone. Even if an Ebola carrier is not showing symptoms, admits the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) quietly on its website, he or she can still spread the disease to others.
This is not what the CDC has been saying publicly, of course. The health agency almost violently insists that it is impossible to catch Ebola from someone who is not yet showing symptoms. Except that it actually is possible, according to a 1999 study published in The Journal of Infectious Diseases.
Researchers from the CDC discovered during a 1995 Ebola outbreak in the Republic of Congo that viral antigen was present in nearly all patients, regardless of which acute phase of illness they were presently suffering. Though the virus was found to be present in different amounts depending on symptom severity, it was still there and still transmissible.
On its website, the CDC still admits this to be true, but for some reason refuses to talk about it on the national news. The contraindicating message being sent to the country is that Ebola is no big deal -- unless a person is showing symptoms, you are free to eat, drink and be merry without a care in the world!
CDC says Ebola victims can still spread disease without symptoms But here's what the CDC quietly admits on its website, which changes the game entirely:
"Ebola virus is usually detectable in patients' blood at the time of fever and symptom onset, although Ebola virus RNA levels at the time of fever and symptom onset are typically low (near the detection threshold limits) and in some patients may not be reliably detectable during the first 3 days of illness," reads a section on their website entitled "Laboratory Data."
What this suggests, of course, is that a person who contracts Ebola may or may not begin to show symptoms before detectable levels of the virus are present in his or her blood. And if the virus is present, there is at least some risk that it can spread to others, even if the quantity of the viral load is less than it would be when full symptoms are present.
Ebola has been known to spread without symptoms for nearly 15 years Back in 2000, scientists from Europe and the U.S. confirmed that Ebola can spread without symptoms. Asymptomatic infected individuals were found to carry around the virus for up to two weeks after first being exposed to it, and before showing symptoms, according to results of a study published in The Lancet.
It had been suspected previously that Ebola is capable of transmitting without symptoms, though this study was the first of its kind to actually prove this. The full extent of how long the virus can persist remains unknown, but based on what is known, the threat of infection is much more significant than the public is being told.
According to a report published by The New York Times, the team that conducted the research studied 25 individuals who never developed symptoms at all, though they turned out to be carriers of Ebola. Using the standard detection techniques at the time, the scientists were unable to identify the Ebola virus in the seemingly health patients, but a technique known as polymerase chain reaction uncovered the truth.
"It's not entirely clear that they can't transmit the disease," stated Dr. Bruce Beutler, an American medical doctor and researcher who won a Nobel Prize for Medicine and Physiology in 2011, concerning nurses like Kaci Hickox who are not yet showing symptoms of Ebola.
"It could be people develop significant viremia [where viruses enter the bloodstream and gain access to the rest of the body], and become able to transmit the disease before they have a fever, even," said Dr. Beutler. "People may have said that without symptoms you can't transmit Ebola. I'm not sure about that being 100 percent true. There's a lot of variation with viruses."
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