Has Ebola already mutated to evade detection?

Tuesday, November 11, 2014
By Paul Martin

by: Ethan A. Huff
Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Ebola news coverage has all but dried up in the mainstream media, and so has the stock of available viral samples for disease testing, say scientists. It is highly likely that Ebola has already mutated so much that it is no longer detectable using standard assessments, but without these samples there is no way to know for sure, they say.

U.S. scientists who have been tracking the outbreak say the situation is getting murkier as active monitoring dwindles. Transport companies that previously would have shipped the virus are now leery of doing so due to safety concerns, while doctors in the most affected countries in West Africa have suddenly stopped sharing disease samples with the U.S.

According to Charles Chiu, a microbiologist and infectious disease expert at the University of California, San Francisco, the best experts in the field don’t even know if Ebola has mutated beyond recognition because tracking has deteriorated. As it currently stands, samples of the virus are nowhere to be found, which poses a major public health threat.

“No one really knows right now what has the virus mutated to or if it has mutated,” stated Chiu to Reuters. “We’re not going to be able to determine in advance whether or not [Ebola] has changed to a form where it might evade diagnostic assays or might render current vaccines or drugs ineffective.”

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