This may be a false alarm but CIDRAP sounds like a reputable organization. Then again, it could be that airborne transmission has been documented for some time and the CDC has not told us… Didn’t want to start a panic, you know.
People who were suited up properly, like the nurses in Dallas, have contracted the virus. How did that happen? Also, the Centers for Disease Control is revising their protocols for the handling of Ebola patients. There is a reason.
The highly respected Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) at the University of Minnesota just advised the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) that “there is scientific and epidemiologic evidence that Ebola virus has the potential to be transmitted via infectious aerosol particles,” including exhaled breath.”
CIDRAP is warning that surgical facemasks do not prevent transmission of Ebola, and healthcare professionals (HCP) must immediately be outfitted with full-hooded protective gear and powered air-purifying respirators.
CIDRAP since 2001 has been a global leader in addressing public health preparedness regarding emerging infectious diseases and bio-security responses. CIDRAP’s opinion on Ebola virus is there are “No proven pre- or post-exposure treatment modalities;” “A high case-fatality rate;” and “Unclear modes of transmission.”