WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2016

Ebola virus deadly, not apocalyptic

Although the Ebola virus is considered a potential bioterror agent and is surrounded by an aura of fear, it is unlikely to cause a major pandemic.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has classified the five known Ebola viruses as Category A bio-ware agents, placing them among some of the deadliest pathogens known to man, TheBoar.org reports.

The virus has a 90 percent fatality rate and there is currently no known cure or vaccine, although several under development show promise. It is incredible deadly, but scientists have only observed transmission of Ebola through the air in very specific circumstances. Researchers in Canada recently conducted experiments demonstrating that infected pigs could transmit the illness to monkeys without having direct contact with them.

Transmission of the virus is facilitated through contact with the bodily fluids of the infected. This has, so far, kept outbreaks relatively contained. Containment is further aided by Ebola's lethality: those who contract the virus die so quickly that they can only spread it to a limited number of people, according to TheBoar.org.

The virus causes large amounts of internal bleeding and leads to multiple organ failure and death in approximately 90 percent of cases. This does not necessarily mean humanity is likely to be wiped out by a viral outbreak.

"I can sleep easy at night, I am cer­tain­ly not wor­ried of a killer virus sce­nario; it is not how our life works," Professor David Evans of Warwick University said, TheBoar.org reports. "Our lives are far neater, and there is an ex­quis­ite el­e­gance in the re­la­tion­ship be­tween hu­mans and virus­es."