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Is it possile for ebola to mutate into an airborne virus?

  1. Nov 14, 2009 #1
    From what I understand, the Ebola virus cannot be transmitted through the air. It is transmitted similar to HIV/AIDS, by contact with blood and bodily secretions of an infected individual. But is it possible for the Ebola virus to naturally mutate and become airborne?
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  3. Nov 15, 2009 #2


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    Very unlikely. Viruses don't change their tropism that easily, I don't know of any examples where that has occurred. The Ebola virus is well adapted to its niche, so there is no selective pressure to change that.
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