The Defense Threat Reduction Agency [DTRA], in a just released a broad agency announcement seeking rapid assistance against Ebola's weapon of mass destruction [WMD] capability, stated that
"Ebola is aerostable in an enclosed controlled system in the dark and can survive for long periods in different liquid media"The short of it is that DTRA's WMD arm sees a massive potential for Ebola to persist in sewage systems in Airborne, Waterborne, and BioFilm form.
The obvious dangers are multifold.
1) Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) spread in the Amoy Gardens high-rise apartment complex via a similar plumbing related infectious route
2) CDC's current guidance encourages untreated EBOLA waste discharge into sewer systems
3) Dr. Craig Spencer has already potentially infected NYC sewer system despite his 21 day "home quarantine"
4) Sewers may be a reoccurring source on #Ebola infection
5) CDC's assurances that Ebola can not be spread via Air, Water, or Sewer places people at great risk
Specifically, DTRA wants answers in 3 to 6 months regarding environmental conditions that allow to Ebola to persist in an airborne state, and persist on surfaces after precipitating out of the air.
DTRA is also looking for genetic weaponization markers that elucidate that persistence.
Interestingly enough, DTRA's solicitation also seeks Africa specific data that will allow them to use a a NATO Biowarfare Ebola simulation to predict the flow Ebola infection in Africa; we'll have more on that in a separate video/analysis.
As we have reported in previous posts, the US Army says that Ebola has an airborne stability similar to Influenza and that winter weather conditions may allow to spread via the airborne route. Apparently what the Army has found is that sewer systems also offer an ideal environment for longer term Ebola persistence.
Chemical/Biological Technologies Department Ebola Broad Agency Announcement
DEFENSE THREAT REDUCTION AGENCY BROAD AGENCY ANNOUNCEMENT