Re: Ebola, Do We Have a Reason to Be Afraid?
YES!!! Ebola is potentially lethal (mortality rates range from 50% - 89% depending on viral subtype
) and since there is no approved vaccine or easily available treatment, it is classified as a biosafety level 4 agent, as well as a Category A bioterrorism agent by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). However, if the outbreaks are contained to small villages or hospitals and the virus runs out of potential hosts it dies out. But if it spreads and becomes a pandemic, then it could become the BLACK PLAGUE of our times. This is why both the CDC and the World Health Organization are trying to contain it to the few West African countries with the recent outbreak.
As a microbiologist and writer of biotech thrillers I was aware of the potential for using the Ebola as a germ warfare agent. This inspired me to write the action filled thriller, “The True Virus
”, which was published in February of this year and before the recent Ebola outbreak. So I didn’t plan on trying to capitalize on such a tragic event to sell books, but find it providential that I realized that such a virus could be used by terrorist to destroy mankind.http://www.amazon.com/True-Virus-Thrill ... true+virus