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With Ebola coming to America and Enterovirus D68 already spreading, is there a chance the two could combine and mutate into a super mega virus that’s like an airborne form of Ebola, like an Enterobola? -- Pierre from Kansas City, Missouri
I’m not an expert when it comes to viruses, but considering Enterovirus 68 and Ebola are both a single strand RNA viruses and Enterovirus is known for constantly mutating and replicating new strains I’d say it has to be a possibility. When two or more forms of a virus combine to create a new subtype it’s called an antigenic shift. You have to remember that while viruses are not technically alive, they do reproduce and mutate antigens to avoid detection from antibodies. A lot of scientists with the CDC would probably tell you that a super Enterobola won’t happen, but they also said the likelihood of Ebola reaching America was very low and that Ebola was under control in Africa. If there’s anything for sure about viruses it’s that nothing is for sure. With Enterovirus and Ebola constantly replicating and mutating, the threat of an airborne Ebola sweeping across the globe along with the flu and Enterovirus D68 is definitely real. Thanks for the question and sleep tight!
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