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Old 08-31-2008, 03:24 AM
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Default Re: Science Saturday: The Mysterious Depths of the Universe

If I recall from The Hot Zone, the virus becomes so potent after such a short period of time, it very quickly kills its carriers before it can jump to another. Humans are just not strong enough to live long enough to be effective transmitters. Plus, some people do have natural immunities. If people and other possible victims sat next to another, splattered in each others' blood and other infected fluids, like an assembly line, epidemics might last. But, there are gaps in transmission, either because of geography, quarantine, and just people taking precautions out of fear, like running away immediately. Ebola and other really nasty bug outbreaks always terminate as mysteriously as they break out for this reason.
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