As you already know, there is a major outbreak of the Ebola virus in Africa which is starting to spread to other parts of the world. It is too soon to panic, but not too soon to be concerned and to start educating yourself as to the problem and taking some common-sense precautions.

Ebola basics

Ebola is a member of the filovirus family, closely related to the Marburg viruses. Their structure is very simple, consisting of a single RNA strand surrounded by simple proteins. By itself, it is very fragile, unable to survive in the air, and easily destroyed by short-wave ultra-violet light and disinfectants such as chlorine bleach. Bodies of Ebola victims cease being infective after 4-5 days due to the decomposition processes, which are toxic to Ebola. People who recover from Ebola are still infectious for seven weeks afterwards.

There are several strains of Ebola which vary in lethality. The worst known is the Mayinga strain (also called Ebola Zaire), named after a Zaire nurse, Mayinga N'Seka, who died of the disease in 1976. That strain has a better than 90% lethality rate, that is, nine out of every ten people who become infected will die. At the other end of the spectrum is Ebola Reston, names for an outbreak that hit an animal facility in Reston, Virginia in 1990. Although lethal to the monkeys in the facility, Ebola Reston does not infect humans. The current West African Ebola has a lethality rate of about 50%.

An illnesses' rate of infection is expressed as the "R-naught", or R-0. This is the measure of how many people a single infected person will themselves infect. An R-0 of 1 means each person with the illness will infect one more person. An R-0 less than one means an illness will die out as it is unable to infect new patients as fast as existing patients are cured or die. An R-0 larger than one means an illness means the illness will naturally spread. The current Ebola has an initial estimated R-0 of 2. To put that into perspective, Measles has an R-naught of 12-18. Smallpox and Polio are 6. Flu is between 2 and 3. So the current Ebola is slightly less infective than the season flu, although obviously the consequences of infection are more severe.

No natural source for Ebola has been identified. But it is known that Ebola does infect other species than humans, mostly apes and monkeys, and even dogs. There is no evidence that insects can transmit eBola, although mosquitoes are documented to carry other forms of hemorrhagic fever.

Ebola has been researched by the US military for its potential as a biological weapon in the context of potential terrorism and is classed as a Category A bioterror weapon. Concern has been raised that the current Ebola outbreak erupted around a bioweapons research facility at Kenema, Sierra Leon, operated jointly by USAAMRID and Tulane University (since closed and under investigation by the Sierra Leon government) which was conducting trials of an experimental vaccine among the general population. This bears an eerie similarity to the 1918 pandemic of the "Spanish Flu", a misnomer as the illness erupted during vaccine trials at Camp Funston, now Fort Riley, then swept the world killing more people than had died in the war. The same illness again appeared at Fort Dix in 1976, again linked to trials of an experimental vaccine.

The story that is emerging regarding the current Ebola outbreak involves a US bioweapons research laboratory located in a hospital at Kenema, Sierra Leone.

This facility was staffed by biological warfare researchers from Tulane University and the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID). Biological warfare research that is illegal to conduct in the United States is carried out in remote locations in Africa.

In 2010, the Obama Administration directed the National Institutes of Health to give offensive biological weapons research high priority. Multiple sources report that some of this research involved weaponization of Ebola. Professor Francis Boyle, a biological weapons expert, reports that the NIH was experimenting with a hybrid of Ebola and the common cold, to make it more contagious.

Obviously, if one is creating a highly contagious BSL 4 hot agent, one must also have a vaccine to protect ones own people, and it appears that this was the research being done at Kenema. In January of 2014, The lab at Kenema received $140 million from the US Defense Department and Tekmira pharmaceuticals to test an experimental Ebola vaccine on humans. Most viral vaccines involve the actual virus which has been attenuated or otherwise inactivated so that it triggers the creation of antibodies, but without producing symptoms of the illness. The attenuated virus must be kept as close to the real virus as possible for maximum antibody production. But even CDC acknowledges that attenuated virus in vaccines can spontaneously revert to full potency inside the body. This appears to be what happened with the recent measles and mumps epidemics in the US, where 90% of the patients had been administered the vaccines for those illnesses. And this may be what happened at Kenema during the human trials for the Ebola vaccine, as the African Ebola outbreak centers on Kenema, Sierra Leone. Certainly the government of Sierra Leone views the biological warfare laboratory as ground zero in the outbreak and has closed the research facility (but reopened the hospital portion in October 2014).

Current Ebola outbreak links

POPULATION 20 MILLION: Ebola Confirmed In New York: Patient Rode Subway, Went Bowling, Took Taxi

Send President Obama Ebola as Birthday Gift, Some Israelis Say

Frontier Airlines notifies 800 passengers they were on the plane that carried Amber Vinson as Ohio health officials monitor 16 people who had contact with her

Ebola patient went through central TSA checkpoint at Cleveland Hopkins

8 People In Ohio Under Quarantine As Officials Looking For Shoppers At Bridal Store Nurse With Ebola Visited

US Army Handbook Documents Ebola As 'Able to Spread Via Infected Aerosol Particles'

Lupica: CDC finally reveals truth by saying it knows little about how Ebola is spread

Ebola Test Gives False Negatives

New York Times: Some May Carry Ebola Without Showing Any Symptoms

Missouri Doctor: 'Just A Matter Of Time Before [Ebola] Is Carried To Every Corner Of The World'

Experts Say Ebola Could be Transmitted "At a Distance" Via Infected Aerosol Particles

Dogs eat Ebola victims, spread plague

CDC - Ebola Virus Antibody Prevalence in Dogs and Human Risk; dogs carry Ebola without showing symptoms

Some Ebola experts worry virus may spread more easily than assumed

Ebola Contracted in Madrid Hospital Could Spread in Europe

75% chance Ebola will reach France by end October, 50% for UK - scientists

Ebola in Spain: Nurse infected in Madrid

'Protective clothing doesn't work against Ebola': Outrage grows after Spanish nurse caught disease DESPITE wearing a safety suit - and WHO now warns more cases in Europe are 'unavoidable'

Report: Second Ebola Case Hits Madrid Hospital

Norwegian woman infected with Ebola

White House: Ebola Travel Ban Not Being Considered

Report: Hundreds Of Immigrants From Ebola Outbreak Nations Caught Along The Border

American scientist in 2006 called for using Ebola to exterminate 90% of the Earth's population

French nurse cured of Ebola after contracting virus in Liberia: health officials

Scanners "won't detect Ebola"

White House: Rand Paul Correct to be Concerned US Troops Could Get Ebola

BLOCKBUSTER: NOT ONLY DOES US GOVERNMENT RESEARCH SHOW THAT THERE IS A CURE FOR EBOLA*, BUT THIS INFORMATION IS BEING SUPPRESSED BY THE US GOVERNMENT

Governments seize colloidal silver being used to treat Ebola patients, says advocate

Everything About Colloidal Silver

Novel Nanotechnology-Based Antiviral Agents - Silver nanoparticle neutralization of hemorrhagic fever viruses This is the document showing US Government research demonstrates that colloidal silver may be effective against hemorrhagic fevers.

MSNBC Blames Ebola Outbreak on 2nd Amendment

Colloidal silver, Nano-silver, Ionic silver.

With Ebola in the news, and cases already showing up in the US, Spain, and Norway, people (if not their governments) are very worried about the current strain of Ebola, which kills 70% of everyone it infects. There are studies that confirm Colloidal Silver's effectiveness against some 650 infectious diseases. Contrast that with the average anti-biotic, which usually works against maybe 15 diseases. According to this report, Colloidal Silver is effective against hemorrhagic fevers including Ebola.

Given that colloidal silver cannot be patented and used for profit by the big pharmaceutical corporations, they have little interest in funding such research. Indeed the big pharmaceutical companies lobbied the FDA to totally ban colloidal silver in 1998, but a huge public outcry forced the FDA to allow it to be sold again, but only in very diluted amounts.

So, with the WHO announcing that experimental therapies may be tried during this crisis (even though it continues to block shipments of colloidal silver to Africa) , many people may be willing to "roll the dice" and use colloidal silver if Ebola shows up in their area.

Both Nigeria and Sierra Leone have told the US it does not have authority to tell them not to use colloidal silver and are treating Ebola patients with it, and reporting good results.

Here is how I make my own colloidal silver. Above all, cleanliness is imperative! I use vinegar to clean the beaker and the .9999 silver rods (purchased from eBay). Some websites say you can use silver coins in an emergency, but that will result in other metals being driven into the solution that you may not want in your body unless the silver coins are investment grade .999 pure.

After cleaning, fill the beaker with distilled water. Do NOT use bottled mineral water as you may get unexpected chemical reactions. Heat the water in the beaker to just below boiling as the hotter the water is the finer and more effective the particles of silver will be.

Insert the silver rods and connect to a 30 volt DC power supply. 30 volts is ideal, but you can get by using three 9 volt batteries connected in series. If you are using two silver rods, polarity does not matter.

Use a TDS meter (available for free when you buy a Zero Water pitcher or you can also find these on eBay) to measure the PPM silver count. We process to 25ppm in our setup. Because we are heating the water, the TDS meter will tend to overstate the true PPM, so we go to a reading of 75 to get a 25 end result.

Because distilled water is a poor conductor of electricity, it takes a while to start getting the silver into the water. Once the silver does start entering the water, the water will conduct electricity more easily and the process will accelerate. What I do is take 100ml of colloidal silver from a previous run and add it to the water as a feedstock, which greatly accelerates the process.

As seen in the above updated photo I have added an aquarium pump which pumps air into the solution through a stainless steel tube (glass would be even better) to stir the solution which further reduces particle size and precipitates.

This setup produces 5000ml of 25ppm colloidal silver in just a few hours.

The finished product should be very pale yellow and there should be no precipitates if your setup was properly cleaned. Filter and bottle in clean dark brown or blue glass bottles, do NOT use plastic or metal, and store in a dark place as strong light will cause the silver to lose its ionization and become less effective. If you start to see dark precipitates forming, your batch is contaminated, and the prudent thing to do is start over.

After you are done, clean the silver rods again using vinegar and store in a zip lock bag until the next time.

I spent about $150 building this setup (mostly for the power supply and large beaker) but an equivalent amount of colloidal silver from the local health food store would cost the same, so as of the second run, we are saving money.

Use this calculator to figure out your proper dosage