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Doctor: Mutating Ebola Virus Must be Watched Closely

By    |   Friday, 10 Oct 2014 06:03 PM

The Ebola virus is continuously mutating and must be carefully monitored, although luckily it has not become airborne, according to Robert Garry, a doctor of virology at the Tulane University School of Medicine.

"Yes, indeed, the virus is mutating. It's actually mutating faster in people than it's mutated while it was in its natural host, animals in the rain forest," Garry said Friday on the "Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

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"We are tracking where those mutations are occurring and they are not occurring in areas of the virus, which would allow it to be spread by the airborne.

"It hasn't changed its receptors and it hasn't done other things that would be necessary for it to become spread like the flu or some of those other viruses that can be spread by the air."
Scientists must remain vigilant at tracking it, though, Garry urged.

This week, the first U.S. case of Ebola succumbed to the virus at a Texas hospital.

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