Freetown, August 6th 2014: I have carefully read through a July 2014 scientific paper published by CDC, in which a team including late Dr. Sheik Umarr Khan revealed their discovery of signs of active (IgM) Ebola Virus infection in the MRU subregion from as far back as the year 2006. According to the paper, between October 2006 to October 2008, almost 9% of a sample of Sierra Leone, Guinea & Liberia patients suffering from strange unknown fevers, showed signs of active Ebola Virus (EBOV) infection in their blood. I am intrigued but not amazed. I am not surprised because this fits perfectly into an assumption I had made since the time I realised both husbands of the two initial female Ebola cases had not gotten infected with Ebola; despite them having been closely involved with caring for their Ebola-stricken wives who went on to die of acute Ebola infection.
Could certain close-contact relatives of Ebola patients be escaping Ebola infection because they had immunity from earlier Ebola Virus infection they had themselves earlier fallen ill from; but overcame and survived?
According to writings of late Dr. Khan’s team, “This presumptive diagnosis of EBOV infection extends the Ebola Virus geographic region to Sierra Leone and the surrounding region.”
The scientific paper is saying Ebola has not been geographically limited to only East & Central Africa but has also been around the West African MRU region where it has been quietly infecting humans for years now - at least from October 2006.
One sentence from late Dr. Khan’s team makes me uncomfortable. It states, “it is possible that the virus is an EBOV genetic variant.”
WHO Director General Dr. Margaret Chan at recent August 1st 2014 MRU Summit said, “Constant mutation and adaptation are the survival mechanisms of viruses and other microbes. We must not give this virus opportunities to deliver more surprises”. I agree with her. The element of ‘surprises’ is why I am worried. What is really ravaging through the MRU? Is it a mutation of Ebola? If so, is the genetic variant a man-made mutation or a natural adaptation?
As stated earlier, certain close relatives of Ebola patients are escaping from catching Ebola despite close contact proximity with dying Ebola-infected relatives. Is it because they had developed immunity from earlier Ebola Virus infection they had survived some time past?
If indeed late Dr. Khan’s research is correct and Ebola has been quietly infecting in MRU for many years now, the next question will be:—> If Ebola is as contagious as we now experience it to be, how come it has been endemic, existing and infecting in all three MRU countries for years now without any outbreak until now?
Is it possible a less virulent Ebola strain had existed in MRU nations than the one currently ravaging these countries? If so, what or who caused that former Ebola virus to become more virulent? Natural adaptation or Man-made mutation?
I have also been reflecting on a myriad of interconnected multi-national pharmaceutical companies in a multi-billion dollars research industry. I will decline to name any company but as I spend this day in reflection, I can only re-echo the words of His Excellency the President as he declared today, August 4th 2014, as a day for reflection with a call for “all of us to stand together to promote the truth”.
“Fellow citizens, this is a national fight, and it behoves all of us to stand together to promote the truth about this deadly disease.” - President Ernest Bai Koroma.
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