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Who Had Chinese Ebola Hamsters on Their 2024 Bingo Card?

Who Had Chinese Ebola Hamsters on Their 2024 Bingo Card?

The researchers assert that the aim has been to reproduce the symptoms of Ebola in a laboratory so as to better understand the condition and prevent its spread.

The last time we reported on the deadly hemorrhagic disease Ebola, 4 people in Uganda had died during a small, localized outbreak. That was back in 2022.

Historically, cases of Ebola have been confined to Africa and infections are associated with close contact with the blood and bodily fluids of those suffering from the disease.

However, it appears that Chinese have not learned their lesson about tampering with viruses…especially the potentially lethal ones. Chinese researchers have created another franken-virus with parts of Ebola in a lab, resulting in an exceptionally deadly infection that killed a group of hamsters horrifically.

A team of researchers at Hebei Medical University used a contagious disease of livestock and added a protein found in Ebola, which allows the virus to infect cells and spread throughout the human body.

The group of hamsters that received the lethal injection ‘developed severe systemic diseases similar to those observed in human Ebola patients,’ including multi-organ failure,’ the study shared.

One particularly horrific symptom saw the infected hamsters develop secretions in their eyes, which impaired their vision and scabbed over the surface of the eyeballs

While the experiment may spark fears of another lab leak, the researchers say their goal was to find the right animal models that can safely mimic Ebola symptoms in a lab setting.

The Chinese scientists published their findings in ScienceDirect. The researchers asset that the aim has been to reproduce the symptoms of Ebola in a laboratory so as to better understand the condition and prevent its spread.

Due to the dangers of infection, Ebola needs to be handled in a Biosafety Level 4 (BSL-4) facility and using a BSL-2 the researchers worked around this by using vesicular stomatitis virus to carry the Ebola glycoprotein. There were 10 hamsters, half male and half female, used that was three weeks old and all died bar two of the males.

The dead hamsters were found to have seen the virus spread throughout their body including the heart, brain and kidneys, with the highest levels in the liver. “Overall, this surrogate model represents a safe, effective, and economical tool for rapid preclinical evaluation of medical countermeasures against EBOV (Ebola virus) under BSL-2 conditions, which would accelerate technological advances and breakthroughs in confronting Ebola virus disease [EVD],” stated the study.

It added: “It is a sign that 3-week-old Syrian hamsters infected with VSV-EBOV/GP have the possibility of playing a role in the study of optic nerve disorders caused by EVD.”

The reason the novel coronavirus that was spread worldwide was supposedly created for was a better understanding of the deadly severe acute respiratory diseases that had been spreading since the 2003 periodically. We know how that went.

The good news is that the route of transmission of this virus still involves blood and bodily fluids.  Let’s hope the scientists don’t tamper with it farther, creating one that is airborne.

As an interesting side-note,  a new study published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases shows that a promising vaccine (named rVSVΔG-ZEBOV-GP) can cut Ebola mortality numbers in half.

The vaccine is typically administered to those at highest risk of exposure to the virus — a strategy called ring vaccination that targets “people who are contacts of an Ebola case, contacts of contacts and health-care workers,” says [Rebecca Coulborn, an epidemiologist with Epicentre, the medical research arm of Doctors Without Borders]. The vaccine is not yet commercially available.

Researchers showed that rVSVΔG-ZEBOV-GP was highly effective at reducing the risk of infection, but no one knew how capable it was of preventing death in someone who was vaccinated after becoming infected during an epidemic. This is what Coulborn and her colleagues set out to determine.

They focused their efforts on the second-largest Ebola outbreak ever recorded, which took place in the Democratic Republic of Congo between 2018 and 2020. Despite the outbreak flaring up in the midst of an active conflict zone, meticulous records were kept.

“Every single Ebola health facility across the entire Ebola epidemic had a standardized, harmonized and compiled list of all admissions,” says Coulborn. This list included 2,279 confirmed Ebola patients, and it recorded whether or not each person had been vaccinated before they got sick — and if so, when they’d received the vaccine. Coulborn then compared how those two groups fared. The result was striking.

Among the unvaccinated, mortality was 56%. But for those who’d received the vaccine, that rate was cut in half.

Let’s hope rVSVΔG-ZEBOV-GP truly works better than the covid vaccines, then.


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amwick | May 13, 2024 at 8:06 am

This is appalling.. and besides that, why hamsters? I guess I just don’t understand science. SMH TY Leslie.

After the monkeypox thing? Yeah, I kinda expected this.

Also, don’t we already pretty well understand how ebola kills and how it spreads?

3-week-old Syrian hamsters
Oh, it was terrorist hamsters? Well, that’s ok, then. /eyeroll/

McGehee 🇺🇲 FJB | May 13, 2024 at 8:48 am


thalesofmiletus | May 13, 2024 at 9:21 am

Ah, This explains why hamsters are now being sold at the wet market down the street from Hebei Medical University.

E Howard Hunt | May 13, 2024 at 10:12 am

You hamster, you dirty hamster.

George S | May 13, 2024 at 10:18 am

We pour gasoline on a fire to better understand its condition and prevent its spread, reports a team of arsonists posing as scientist.

TargaGTS | May 13, 2024 at 10:21 am

The very premise of their research – to better understand how it spreads – is laughably fallacious. The medical community understands EXACTLY how and why Ebola outbreaks occur in Africa. First, Africans love themselves some bush meat. And, apparently, they like it on the rarer side. Mission accomplished on the zoonotic transfer. What happens next is also well-understood and predictable. The same people who like to eat bush meat also LOVE, FEEL COMPELLED, to kiss dead people…the ones that haven’t been embalmed. It’s part of their backward culture. So, Uncle Barack finds himself delicious-looking monkey – the slow, sick one that was easier to catch. He ‘cooks’ himself up a feast and contracts Ebola in the process. He then gets sick, dies and everyone in his family run to kiss his dead, still warm body. Ebola outbreak commences. Rinse, repeat.

I envision a future where assassination teams are sent to target these ‘scientists’ and wipe them out before they wipe us out.

Paula | May 13, 2024 at 10:29 am

If it had anything to do with China, Fauci had his fingers in it.

destroycommunism | May 13, 2024 at 12:07 pm

b/c its the same hamsters that monkypox joe uses

irishgladiator63 | May 13, 2024 at 1:12 pm

It’s not a bingo card anymore. More like Mad Libs.
Fill in the blanks:
“We can’t have an election this year because of the (Country/nationality) (disease/manner of death).”

gonzotx | May 13, 2024 at 1:16 pm

The torture we do on these poor animals
Dogs, cats, hamsters, sheep, primates

For you doesn’t remember Fauci s dog experiments where the poor little beagles were murdered by bugs eating their faces and then…

I really thought THAT would be the end of him…

BigRosieGreenbaum | May 13, 2024 at 4:05 pm

Don’t we have enough computer power these days that we could figure this stuff out electronically?

MarkSmith | May 13, 2024 at 4:27 pm

I wonder if Richard Gere heard about this?/s

Breakaway Books | May 13, 2024 at 5:13 pm

We’re I president I’d be working to have each employee meet unfortunate ends. This kind of work serves NO PURPOSE.

destroycommunism | May 13, 2024 at 6:25 pm

the dems continue to treat these animals like they did the poc in the tuskeegee syph test

and still do to this day

doesnt matter to a lefty

be it human /animal etc

you are to be their pleb

William Downey | May 14, 2024 at 8:29 am

People’s Republic of China + civil-military fusion + lab + virus = disaster.

skyjumpr | May 15, 2024 at 9:00 am

Fortunately, I’ve got a storage unit full of hamster wheels. I’ll surround my entire yard with them. The hamsters will never make it to the house.

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