The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have announced that Nina Pham, the Texas nurse who has Ebola, was wearing protective gear when she treated the first American Ebola patient, Thomas Eric Duncan. This strongly suggests that the virus has now mutated and become airborne, as an exchange of bodily fluids would have been prohibited by proper protective gear. Pham wore a gown, gloves, mask and shield while she cared for Duncan during his second visit to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital.
Scientists have warned that there is a strong possibility the Ebola virus has become airborne, as health workers have been unable to contain the spread of the virus, giving it ample time to mutate since the start of the outbreak. Thus far, more than 4,000 infected individuals have died from the deadly virus in West Africa.
Dr. David Lakey, commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services, attempted to ease concerns among the citizens of Dallas:
“We knew a second case could be a reality, and we’ve been preparing for this possibility. We are broadening our team in Dallas and working with extreme diligence to prevent further spread.”
Those preventative efforts include the monitoring of 50 individuals who may have had contact with Duncan after he began exhibiting symptoms. However, Duncan knew he was infected with the virus before he traveled to the United States from Liberia as a last ditch effort to receive treatment, so anyone who he had contact with him from the moment he stepped foot on the flight back to America could potentially have contracted Ebola. If the virus is in fact airborne, the risk is exponentially greater that other citizens, whom we don’t yet know about, have Ebola.
The incubation period for this deadly disease is between two and three weeks. This means we will likely begin seeing an outbreak of infected individuals in the coming days. Are you starting to panic? Tell us in the comments section.
H/T: The Blaze