伊波拉 “The next big one” ? — ac

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文:ac

伊波拉病毒繼續不受控地肆虐西非,至今已有 887 人因感染病毒而死。正當大眾恐懼這人畜共通的病毒將會是繼沙士、中東呼吸綜合症另一可怕疫症,美國科普作家 David Quammen 就指伊波拉只是另一場全球性傳染病疫潮的預演:

So I don’t think this Ebola outbreak is the next big one. But I think it’s a dress rehearsal for the next big one.

The experts I talk to say the next big one will almost certainly be caused by a zoonotic virus, coming out of animals. And it’s likely to be one that is transmissible through the respiratory route — that is, through a sneeze or cough.

他亦認為伊波拉不經空氣傳播,威力不及沙士和中東呼吸綜合症,只要避免接觸病者以及野生動物的體液即可預防:

The experts I talk to say the next big one will almost certainly be caused by a zoonotic virus, coming out of animals. And it’s likely to be one that is transmissible through the respiratory route — that is, through a sneeze or cough.

Ebola is not an easily transmissible virus. It requires direct contact with bodily fluids.

來源:
npr.org, 5 Aug 2014

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