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Why Ebola is not likely to become airborne
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    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S.)
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    What we know about how Ebola spreads -- What we know about Ebola virus and mutation -- Why we don’t think Ebola will mutate to become airborne -- Changes in the Ebola virus from 1976 to 2014: 3% difference, 97% similar.

    Ebola is a scary, highly infectious, deadly disease. Discovered in 1976, it is a rare disease caused by one of five Ebola virus species. As if Ebola isn’t a scary enough disease, some people have wondered whether or not Ebola could mutate and become airborne. Has it become or could it become an even scarier, more deadly, and more easily spread super-bug?

    No. Scientists have not seen any evidence to suggest that the Ebola virus may be mutating to become more contagious or more easily spread.

    November 28, 2014 - CS252967A

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