What You are Not Hearing About Ebola

At least thirty experts were unable to attend the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene Conference in New Orleans these past few days, as the Louisiana State Health authorities banned any potential attendee who had been working in the Ebola-affected countries of Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea. This lead to some Ebola experts calling in to make presentations to audiences of several hundred, who sat raptly listening to the latest updates from representatives of Doctors Without Borders (MSF), WHO, Tulane, and the Kenema Government Hospital in Sierra Leone. One researcher who returned before the deadline, and is about to leave again for Sierra Leone in a few days, is Tulane’s Dr. Lina Moses, who has been on the front lines of some of the most cutting edge research to date.

Dr. Moses confirmed that, “Sub-Saharan Africa is the most genetically diverse region in the world.” The rates of susceptibility and not only whether or not someone becomes ill, but also whether or not they live or die, or even display symptoms, varies widely. The genetics of both this deadly strain of Ebola itself, and of the populations living in the affected —> Read More Here


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