Ebola is Mutating claim scientists tracking outbreak amid fears virus could go Airborne

A mutation to allow the spread of Ebola through inhalation is one of the biggest fears

Researchers at the Institut Pasteur in France, the lab responsible for first identifying the outbreak back last March, have been tracking mutations in the fatal Ebola virus.  The scientists are investigating whether Ebola has become more contagious and if it is close to becoming AIRBORNE. “We know the virus is changing quite a lot,” said human geneticist Dr Anavaj Sakuntabhai. “We need to know how the virus [is evolving] to keep up with our enemy.” A mutation to allow the spread of Ebola through inhalation is one of the biggest and most common fears. Airborne infection has so far only been proven possible in strict laboratory conditions, but only between pigs to primates. Institut Pasteur virologist Noel Tordo said: “At the moment, not enough has been done in terms of the evolution of the virus both geographically and in the human body, so we have to learn more. But something has shown that there are mutations. “For the moment the way of transmission is still the same. You just have to avoid contact [with an Ebola sufferer]” “But as a scientist you can’t predict it won’t change. Maybe it will,” he admitted. The warning comes as the number of new confirmed cases dropped below 100 for the first time since June last year and tests on a vaccine proved it was safe to use. One of the biggest changes detected by the French scientists is the increase in asymptomatic patients – people infected and contagious but who don’t exhibit any of the known symptoms of the deadly virus. More