Sawbones: Ebola


This week on Sawbones, Dr. Sydnee and Justin we try to help you understand ebola, and in doing so, maybe be just a little less freaked out about it.

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Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers


I totally understand the

I totally understand the "love" for a really deadly disease. I have always been fascinated and in love with the Black Plague ever since I heard about it in 3rd grade. I've even seriously considered joining a research team to study it in prairie dogs, despite the large risk of catching it. (I think my mom is glad that I decided to stick with studying climate change instead.)

Yay Ebola!

I've enjoyed all your podcasts, but this was very welcome and refreshing. My mom is a social worker who did graduate work in traumatology (with a focus on epidemics*) so infection diseases are common dinner conversation. I may have also said once or twice that I love infectious diseases; they are just so interesting.

Recently, I bought the book "Spillover" by David Quammen which focuses solely on zoonotic diseases. I bought it mostly for the chapter called "The Chimp and The River" that traces the pre-1970s history of HIV/AIDS back to it's hypothesized first cross over in 1908. He also looks at the reasons why it wasn't noticed or even of concern till the 1970s. Anyway, now I have to go read the rest of the book, and accept the knowledge that there are just going to be more of these suckers lurking out from the destroyed forests. Or those chicken/pig/fish farms.

Off to hear about my old buddy influenza! Keep up the excellent and hilarious work.


*It was all done on-line and most every single other student was CDC. She's so funny when she talks about it how out of place she felt, though she held her own just fine.

Reston Ebola not airborne

Hello - First off I have to say that I LOVE your podcast. Virology is my background though and so I have to point something out: in the 2012 paper that describes transmission of Ebola Reston from pigs to macaques, they specifically say in the paper (and the abstract) that they never observed transmission from infected to uninfected macaques when they were housed together. The only transmission of disease described was from pigs to macaques. Somewhere I heard that pigs are especially efficient at spreading through droplet transmission (which is not aerosol).. I think on the TWIV podcast (which also has an EXCELLENT series on Ebola). To my knowledge Ebola has never been shown to transmit via aerosols (and aerosols are very very very different from droplets).

Sorry to be a pain, but I think its important to be super accurate about this when many people are kind of freaking out about it.

LOVED the show though... thank you!

Original 2012 Pig to Macaque Ebola Reston paper:

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I "loved" ebola, too!

I just wanted to say that I also "loved" ebola, or was super fascinated by it as a super virulent, but classically body-fluid-borne disease and have since I read the Hot Zone when i was middle-school-age. I actually named my favorite stuffed monkey at the time "Ebola" and have kept it with me, since, to college and beyond. I have a 2 year-old and gave it to him when he was a baby. He started carrying it with him most places once he could walk, and turns out "Bola" is easy to say and was one of his earliest words. If you think Sydney saying she "loves" ebola was funny, until this outbreak made it not so funny, multiply that by a toddler and you have my son last year with his monkey "Ebola George." We've slowly been able to convince him that the monkey is just George, but not before some just awful record-scratchy experiences where he introduces his monkey expecting laughter and instead I get some just horrified silent stares.

Belated congratulations on your super awesome Chuck. Also, thank you so much for your perfectly open and honest birth story. I think it will really make some people feel less alone. I love your podcast!