"Ora come ora, nessuno è certo come e se il virus possa essere sconfitto. In ogni caso, l’Ebola è stata a lungo considerata una delle più orribili e spaventose malattie contratte dall’essere umano. Ci sono cinque tipi conosciuti, insieme a un parente stretto, il virus Marburg. Vivono naturalmente in qualche sconosciuta specie di ospite nelle foreste e savane dell’Africa equatoriale. L’ospite naturale del virus, l’animale infetto, potrebbe appartenere a una specie di pipistrello, oppure potrebbe essere un piccolo insetto o un acaro. Potrebbe anche essere qualcosa d’altro. Nessuno lo sa. Per ragioni sconosciute, a un certo punto il virus ha infettato un uomo, e quest’uomo ha infettato a sua volta altri uomini: così ha avuto inizio l’epidemia".
Tratto dal libro "The Hot Zone" di Richard Preston...
"USAMRU-K is located in Nairobi, Kenya on the campus of the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) and is one of five U.S. DoD overseas research laboratories. The unit was provisionally established in 1969 at the invitation of the Kenya Government and was permanently established in 1973".
L'ebola in Africa è comparso nel 1976. Sono il solo a sentire un gran puzzo di merda ?
"The Soviet Union reportedly had a large biological weapons program enhancing the usefulness of the Marburg virus. The development was conducted in Vector Institute under the leadership of Dr. Ustinov who was accidentally killed by the virus. The samples of Marburg taken from Ustinov's organs were more powerful than the original strain. The new strain, called "Variant U", had been successfully weaponized and approved by the Soviet Ministry of Defense in 1990."
I russi ci hanno messo 2 anni a bioingegnerizzare il "cugino" dell'ebola.
"The inventory was ordered by the institute's commander, Colonel John P. Skvorak, after officials found that the database of specimens was incomplete. In a memorandum to employees last week, Skvorak said there was a high probability that some germs and toxins in storage were not in the database. [...] A spokesman for the institute, Caree Vander Linden, said an earlier review had located all the germ samples listed in the database. But she said some "historical samples" in institute freezers were not in the database, and the new inventory was intended to identify them so they could be recorded and preserved, or destroyed if they no longer had scientific value".
Sarebbe interessante sapere quali sono questi "historical samples"
"Tekmira caught the world's attention and its stock rose dramatically during the 2013 West African Ebola virus epidemic due to its drug candidate for Ebola fever, TKM-Ebola. Tekmira was developing it under a $140 million US Department of Defense contract."
"Researchers from The New England Journal of Medicine say they believe Emile was the first person to contract the disease in the current outbreak almost a year ago. It's not clear exactly how the boy, who lived in a rainforest village in southern Guinea, got infected".
Ovviamente nessuno sa come il "bambino di 2 anni" (esiste capro espiatorio migliore?) abbia contratto l'infezione.
"In 2010, PHAC licensed the intellectual property on the vaccine to a small U.S. company called Bioprotection Systems, which was a subsidiary of NewLink Genetics; Newlink had funding from the U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency to develop vaccines, for US $205,000 and "low single-digit percentage" royalties."