U.S. government secretly searches for technology to combat aerosolized Ebola

Sunday, November 2, 2014
By Paul Martin

by: J. D. Heyes
Sunday, November 02, 2014

Is the federal government seeking a near-term technological solution to combating airborne Ebola virus? A document posted at FedBizOpps.gov would seem to suggest as much.

As reported by WorldNetDaily (WND), the sourcing document, titled “Chemical/Biological Technologies Department Ebola Broad Agency Announcement,” seeks “research proposals for Chemical and Biological Defense Program (CBDP), Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) requirements for the CBDP Ebola BAA for the FY2015-2016 program.” Both the CBDP and the DTRA are part of the Defense Department.

According to a DTRA Broad Agency Announcement [PDF], the government is seeking technology “for rapid disinfection of interior surfaces with viral contamination. The technology must prove effective against viral contamination either deposited as an aerosol or heavy contaminated combined with body fluids (e.g. blood, vomit, feces). Responses must address the entire process, a response that only develops a disinfectant/sterilant is not sufficient.” [emphasis added]

The document also notes that the “means by which Ebola virus is maintained in nature remains unclear,” and that “it is unknown what other natural reservoirs exist” beyond the known reservoir of fruit bats.

The document and bid for new technology in the “near-term” indicate that federal health officials and the Defense Department believe that the virus can be spread, at some point, through the air, whether by a mutation or through aerosols such as when an infected person sneezes.

In addition, the involvement of the DTRA suggests that the government believes that Ebola could also serve as a biological weapon.

‘Rapid disinfection’

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