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How much chance is there that my dog will get Ebola virus?

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  1. Carla

    I do not believe there is any scientific evidence that echinacea (or any herbal product) will “strengthen the immune system” in humans, and certainly none for pets. Even if a supplement could “strengthen the immune system,” it is not going to be protection from the Ebola virus. There is no herbal product that is a “great antiviral formula.”

    There is evidence that in the U.S., dietary supplements are frequently adulterated with drugs, toxins and other substances. If they are not effective or safe for humans, why would anyone think they would be effective or safe for dogs or cats? They could in fact do harm to your pets.

    Also, we’ve NOT all “heard about the one dog found to be infected with Ebola virus.” Where did you get this information? I can find nothing anywhere that reports this. For fact-based information about Ebola and other diseases, ProMED-mail is an excellent source. They have information about animal reservoirs of Ebola virus about which anyone writing on this subject should be aware.

    1. Jeri

      Herbs are not always adulterated; yes, synthetic vitamins are missing their cofactors – among other issues. I don’t dismiss things out of hand just because a scientific study has not been done on it – esp. when it works.

      1. Carla

        I am not “dismissing [anything] out of hand”; on the contrary, I have done a great deal of study on this subject. I do tend to think the scientific types have better evidence than the non-scientific ones.

        How do you know if something works if there is no objective evidence that it does? Subjective experiences, self-reports, and self-serving “studies” by manufacturers of the products being studied are not good enough evidence for me. It is especially bothersome when people give their pets unproven substances based on other people’s subjective experiences with and possibly biased observations of their pets.

        1. Jeri

          I don’t wait for a “study” to tell me raw, unprocessed food (as one example) is superior to processed. Likewise, I know what I have tried and when there’s a choice between nothing or something with a long list of side effects versus something which is likely to help/long-reputed to help, it’s a no-brainer for me which to choose. Herbs existed long before the attempts to replicate them in labs. As for the studies, just as with the Rabies Challenge Study, those funds must come from the grassroots or not at all because those with a vested interest in selling synthetics are not about to fund them!

  2. Catherine

    “At this time, there have been no reports of dogs or cats becoming sick with Ebola or of being able to spread Ebola to people or other animals,” the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says.

  3. Ellie

    Since the CDC states that Ebola can only be spread by close contact with the body fluids of an infected person why on earth do we see care workers dressed up like space men and using respirators? Then they tell people they are over reacting to the Ebola epidemic!
    I admit that I have not read a lot of information about Ebola but I did hear that they put a dog down in Spain that was owned by an Ebola victim. Was it because the dog had Ebola or just because no one wanted to possibly get infected by handling the dog that had come in contact with the Ebola infected owner?

    1. Carla

      The dog in Spain did not even have the chance to catch Ebola, if that’s even possible, before they euthanized it. There are problems with Ebola tests for dogs. Check out the ProMED mail, it gives facts and not hype.

    2. Barbara

      Symptoms of Ebola include projectile vomiting, severe diarrhea, and bleeding from eyes, nose and ears. Hence the spacesuits.

      1. Ellie

        Yes, in it’s advanced state it is a messy disease but a patient newly diagnosed and stable should not require such theatrics. The usual universal precautions should be enough in such situations.

  4. Terri janson

    This isn’t funny but reminds me of Stephen Kings story “The Stand”. The way our government tries to hide things from us

    1. Carla

      I’m not sure what you think the government is trying to hide from us vis-a-vis Ebola. The information is out there, but people need to be critical of where the information is coming from and what their motivation might be. Again, check out ProMED mail, it is not a news source or slanted — it is by scientists, for scientists.

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