Talk:Airborne disease

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Droplet tranmission classified as airborne?[edit]

I am confused by this bit in the current version of this article:

1.

The relevant pathogens [...] may be spread through coughing, sneezing, raising of dust, spraying of liquids, or similar activities likely to generate aerosol particles or droplets.

See also the current version of a related [Transmission article]:

Also known as the respiratory route, and the resultant infection can be termed airborne disease. If an infected person coughs or sneezes on another person the microorganisms, suspended in warm, moist droplets, may enter the body through the nose, mouth or eye surfaces.


2. Now, according to the updated CDC guidelines (as of 27 OCT 2014) EVD (Ebola) is "droplet borne" (see my tracking of such changes in the official ebola epidemiologicial advice on my blog).


Taken together, do both 1 and 2 imply that "Ebola is airborne", a statement dreaded and ridiculed by many so far?

If not, we need to precise the wording of such Wikipedia articles, to split hairs and differentiate.

Zezen (talk) 08:29, 28 October 2014 (UTC)

See http://www.cdc.gov/hantavirus/resources/glossary.html - specifically the last paragraph of the 'airborne transmission' definition.

2620:0:B60:3:187C:D34D:D348:2FD8 (talk) 00:56, 8 November 2014 (UTC)