What is Ebola and how does it spread?

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What is Ebola and how does it spread?
« on: 05/08/2014 18:11:41 »
We answer your questions on what Ebola is, how it spreads and
its symptoms...
Read a transcript of the interview by clicking here
or [chapter podcast=1000773 track=14.08.05/Naked_Scientists_Podcast_14.08.05_1002577.mp3] Listen to it now[/chapter] or [download as MP3]
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Re: What is Ebola and how does it spread?
« Reply #1 on: 06/08/2014 09:17:25 »
I heard a suggestion that the Ebola virus sheds a lot of loose virus coat protein into the bloodstream. Antibodies attack the loose protein instead of the protein forming the virus coat, which diverts the immune response.

Perhaps, if the antibodies could be generated by a vaccine, the circulating antibodies could attack the virus when it is first contacted, instead of being overwhelmed by the decoy protein circulating in the bloodstream?