The Science of Ebola

Although the Ebola virus is often deadly, it is not as contagious as many other common infections because it is not airborne, instead spreading only through contact with blood or bodily fluids. But contagion remains a big concern, especially with recent findings suggesting the virus may linger in the body even after a patient has recovered and reports of a woman who became infected after having sex with a seemingly healthy survivor. An Ebola vaccine offers the greatest hope for conquering the disease. As that research continues, scientists are also studying the mutation patterns of the virus and looking at the genetic characteristics that apparently make some individuals more susceptible than others to Ebola’s most dire symptoms.

Speakers: Brian Koll
Festival: 2015

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