UNITED NATIONS, October 3 (RIA Novosti) - The United Nations' Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) has confirmed on Friday that the Ebola virus is not airborne and that currently there are no reasons to believe that it is mutating to become airborne.
"The UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) seeks to clarify that Ebola is not an airborne disease. At this point in time we have no evidence and do not anticipate that the Ebola virus is mutating to become airborne," UNMEER said in a statement released on Friday, stressing that the Ebola virus only spreads through the contact with bodily fluids.
The UNMEER said that there are, however, real concerns with the current outbreak as every day more people are becoming infected and more die because they cannot get the help needed. The Mission quoted the World Health Organization's advice to avoid contacts with bodily fluids of people infected with Ebola, and with surfaces and materials contaminated with fluids.
The current outbreak of Ebola, worst yet, started in southern Guinea and quickly spread to Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria and Senegal. A separate outbreak, unrelated to the one in West Africa, is taking place in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
According to the latest WHO estimates, the Ebola death toll has risen to over 3,300 since the epidemic started.