As the Ebola crisis surges on, killing more than 3,800 people in West Africa and infecting at least 8,000, experts are warning that the virus could mutate and become airborne. That would mean Ebola could be contracted by simply breathing in the virus.
Presently, the deadly virus is only transmitted through contact with bodily fluids, such as saliva, semen, sweat, blood, urine, vomit, or feces of an infected person displaying symptoms. However, several leading Ebola researchers haven’t ruled out the virus mutating and becoming airborne.
Dr. CJ Peters, who researches the virus for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), told the Los Angeles Times, “We just don’t have the data to exclude it.”