Special Report: An Update on Ebola

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The landing of Ebola on North American soil and in an American hospital has generated fear, confusion, and for some, a feeling of panic over the potential of a global pandemic.  I am compelled to say this: now is not the time to fall prey to fear-mongers and others that wish to stir up thoughts of an impeding apocalypse.

Instead, consider this a wakeup call to continue your emergency preparations with a special emphasis on learning how to create a sick room in the event you might need one at some point down the road.

An Update on Ebola BDS

I am going to lead off today with an article from Backdoor Survival Contributing Author, Joe Alton, also known as Dr. Bones.  Although he first wrote this article on July 30th, he has continued to make updates to reflect some of the latest news.  Read and learn.

An Ebola Update from Dr. Bones

Several countries in West Africa are in the throes of an epidemic of Ebola virus. Over 1200 cases and almost 700 deaths in the country of Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia make it a candidate for the next great Pandemic. The disease has decimated health care workers, with a number of doctors, nurses, missionaries, and others dying from the illness. Indeed, the Peace Corps is now pulling its workers from the affected countries as we speak.

The Ebola outbreak hit close to home when American Patrick Sawyer died in Lagos, Nigeria en route to visit his family in Minnesota. Although he did not become Patient Zero in the U.S., other infected Americans were transferred to the CDC hospital in Atlanta, Georgia. Despite all this, few people really know what Ebola virus is and how it does its damage, and they certainly don’t know what to do if it arrives in their neighborhood.

Dr. Bones says:  Now this:  West African woman dies in London airport after flight from Sierra Leone. Authorities state Ebola tests proved negative.  A New York Hospital is now treating a suspected Ebola patient, also recently arrived from West Africa, and awaiting testing.  CDC admits it has tested 6 possible cases, but all have turned out to be negative.

Dr. Bones says: The Nigerian doctor who treated Patrick in Lagos has now tested positive for Ebola, although no news as to whether he is sick.

Despite all this, few people really know what Ebola virus is and how it does its damage, and they certainly don’t know what to do if it arrives in their neighborhood.

Ebola virus, a member of the Filoviridae virus family, was first reported in 1976, when 602 cases in the Democratic Republic of Congo resulted in 431 deaths. Ebola, named after the river where the first victims were identified, has several variants, a sign that it probably has the capacity to mutate.

WHAT DO WE KNOW?

Not much. How Ebola manages to first infect humans is poorly understood. Primates like monkeys and apes are possible agents of transmission (also called vectors), although birds, rodents, bats, pigs, and insects may be more likely to transmit the disease. The virus can even be transmitted to dogs, although they don’t seem to get sick.

Ebola appears to be transmitted through saliva and other bodily fluids, even sweat. The practice of relatives and workers washing a body before burial may have helped spread the disease. A 2012 Canadian study suggested that the virus may also be transmitted in air droplets. Given the highly contagious nature of the disease, this would be big trouble if true, but hasn’t been proven.

What does Ebola virus do to its victims? Ebola causes a hemorrhagic fever with a 25-90% death rate, much higher than even the worst of the influenza pandemics of the past century. Compare this to a 2.5% death rate from the great Spanish flu pandemic of 1918, and 0.1% from routine influenza outbreak.

Dr. Bones says: The current outbreak has over a 60% death rate at present.

Symptoms begin presenting about 2 weeks after exposure. Ebola patients develop the sudden onset of what first appears to be influenza: Aches and pains, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, fever and chills, and malaise are commonly seen at this stage. Nausea is noted, often accompanied by abdominal pain, diarrhea, and vomiting.

Later on, The central nervous system becomes affected: Severe headaches, altered mental status, and seizures ensue, sometimes resulting in the patient going into a coma.

Evidence of disorders in blood clotting are seen in advanced stages of the disease. Signs include:

• Spotty Rashes
• Bruises
• Broken blood vessels in the skin
• Collections of blood under the skin after injections
• Bloody vomit or sputum
• Spontaneous nosebleeds
• Bleeding from gums
• Blood in bowel movements

Once bleeding disorders occur, the likelihood of survival is slim. Although deaths from severe hemorrhage have occurred in women giving birth, multiple organ failure leading to shock is the usual cause of death.

PREVENTION

It’s thought that Ebola doesn’t spread until a victim develops symptoms. As the illness progresses, however, bodily fluids from diarrhea, vomiting, and bleeding become very contagious.

Poor hygiene and lack of proper medical supplies in underdeveloped countries, such as in West Africa impede the progress of medical authorities to tame the outbreak. The best they can do is isolate sick individuals as best they can and follow infectious disease precautions.

This is something they are, apparently, not doing so well, because so many medical personnel are getting sick. When the doctors and nurses are dying, you know you have an illness about which to be truly concerned. Imagine if the disease becomes worldwide.

TREATMENT

So how do we cure Ebola?  We don’t.

There is no known treatment, cure, or vaccine for Ebola at present. The doctors can only try to make the patient comfortable and hope they get better on their own.

Therefore, I recommend stocking up on masks, gowns, eye protection, and gloves, and learn about how to have an effective survival sick room. We’ve got a video on our YouTube channel on the subject.

WHY YOU SHOULD CARE…

So what’s the big deal?  Why should an epidemic in Africa matter to citizens of countries thousands of miles away?

Well, this outbreak is not in the deepest areas of Africa, it’s on the west coast, a more populated and easily traveled area. News about the virus is disrupting the economies of the countries affected, and their governments haven’t been all that straightforward about giving reports, until just recently.

As such, many natives of the countries affected are suspicious of health workers, sometimes blocking them from entering their villages with knives and machetes.

Dr. Bones says: There are more than 10 different suspected Ebola “hotspots” that health workers can’t access due to hostile locals.

The country of Guinea, where the first cases occurred, is the world’s largest exporter of bauxite, the ore used to make aluminum. Therefore, exports from the country go to many of the world’s manufacturing plants.

The advent of air travel can easily spread the disease throughout the world is just 24 hours. As a matter of fact, a Liberian official took sick on a flight to Nigeria, one of the most populous countries in Africa, and died soon after. With an incubation period of a couple of weeks, you might have Ebola and not even know it (until you’ve infected a lot of other people).

This may be a third-world disease now, but it wouldn’t take much to make it, indeed, the next great pandemic. We’ll keep you posted.

Dr. Bones says: Although there shouldn’t be panic, I think it is very possible that Ebola will make its way to Europe and North America at some point.

Joe Alton, M.D.

What You Should Do Now – A BDS Reader Speaks Up

In the coming days, the internet will be bursting with advice of one sort or another.  As I mentioned in the beginning, the most important thing to do is to continue with your preps, including extra emphasis and stored food, water and sick room supplies.  It also would be prudent to keep some cash on hand because if, and this is a big if, there is a huge panic, there may be a run on the banks.

Let common sense prevail.  As a matter of fact, Backdoor Survival reader “Dee” shared these common sense suggestions in the Sunday Survival Buzz and the are worth repeating here.

I never rely on one or two plans. I do like the essential oils as one method. I will also be using local herbs and foraged items which may work in combo. The big addition I’m adding to my first aid gear for illnesses such as Ebola, but also if it were necessary to handle the dead or dying.

1. Shoe covers—- rubber boots would be great but I’m buying several Dollar store shower caps instead. They work for keeping clothes clean when traveling, they should work for this too.

2. Gowns—-I’m buying some heavy duty yard garbage bags to work in a pinch but also some of those Dollar store ponchos for space saving purposes.

3. Gloves—-I have 3 boxes of disposable gloves but thinking a couple of pair of dishwashing gloves would be handy since they are long and more durable. For this, bigger is better.

4. Goggles—- I have some cheap store ones, but now, I’m also going to store some face shields to cover the whole face even with.

5. Masks— I need a few more of those N99 masks to wear with the shield depending on what’s happening (if I know specifically, if not, wear anyway for caution).

6. More Duct Tape…which may be need to create isolation units and/or sealing outfits to keep contamination low. real fashionable I know.

7. Tarps or big roll of plastic for creating those walls for isolation units.

Additional Information

For your consideration, you might want to take a peek at the following articles as you continue your quest for information on Ebola and on pandemics in general

25 Critical Facts About This Ebola Outbreak That Every American Needs To Know
Surgical Masks for the Survival Kit
The Survival Sick Room or Video: The Survival Sick Room
Seven Facts You Should Know About Ebola

The Final Word

You already know that I am a big believer in having surgical masks on hand.  Knowing that, I asked Dr. Bones whether he had a preference when it came to masks.  Did he recommend N100s or were N95s okay?  Here was his response:

If N100 masks aren’t significantly more expensive that N95 (a more standard mask), I say go for it!

So what happens next?

Tomorrow I share my own thoughts and preparations as I put together a plan to hunker down in place.  That said, I hope and pray that it will never get to that, but as with all things disaster related, yes, it could happen.  Better to be ready and not need it than to be caught off guard with no plan at all.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
Gaye

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Bargain Bin:  Today I share some sick room supplies related to this article.

3M N95 Particulate & Respirator Mask: This is an inexpensive mask that can be used in a variety of emergency situations. They come in a box of 20 and are NIOSH-certified. The molded cone design is fluid and splash resistant and will greatly reduces your exposure to airborne particles.

Moldex 2730 N100 Respirator Mask:  Do not confuse P100 masks with the N100s.  N100 is what you want since the P100’s are used to filter particulate only and not gasses and vapors.

3M TEKK Protection Chemical Splash/Impact Goggle:  I read a ton of reviews before settling on these.  They have not arrived yet so I can not say whether they are any good or not.  That said, for the price I am sure that I will find some use for them.

3M Utility Duct Tape:  I am also stocking up on Duct tape.  After reading Duct Tape 911: The Many Amazing Medical Things You Can Do to Tape Yourself Together, I now know it has tons of medical uses.  But . . . see the next item.

Black Gorilla Tape 1.88 In. x 35 Yd., One Roll:  Gorilla tape is like duct tape on steroids.  I love this stuff!

The Survival Medicine Handbook: A Guide for When Help is Not on the Way: By Joe and Amy Alton, this book will teach you how to deal with all the likely medical issues you will face in a disaster situation, and including strategies to keep your family healthy even in the worse scenarios. It covers skills such as performing a physical exam, transporting the injured patient, and even how to suture a wound. This medical reference belongs in every survival library.

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Special Report: An Update on Ebola — 24 Comments

  1. Here comes my 2 cents worth. When I see pictures of health care workers in suits from Star Wars working with the sick and they are still getting infected, don’t try to tell me the disease isn’t transmitted through the air.
    This gives all the more reasons to prep. If we have an outbreak, I plan on hunkering down. No going anywhere. I’ll be taking large daily doses of colloidal silver and hydrogen peroxide. I’ll be treating anyone coming to my door as being infected.

    • RE: “When I see pictures of health care workers in suits from Star Wars working with the sick and they are still getting infected, don’t try to tell me the disease isn’t transmitted through the air.”

      I would Not jump to that conclusion. The first thought I would have, after having read what Jon Rappoport has written on the subject, is: what’s in the vaccines those workers were likely injected with?

      I read someplace there is something which seems to work to cure Ebola, it was zMapp or something like that. I didn’t save the URL.

      • I’ve been off line for a few days. I left Ky tuesday morning and drove to Utah to visit my daughter. On the way, I heard Rush say that the airplane that traveled to Africa to pick up the 2 missionaries carried a “secret” medicine. It was given to the missionaries and the results were very promising. The medicine was made 20 miles from my home in Owensboro Ky.
        helot, I may have jumped to the airborne conclusion, but I think there is more here than is being told. For all these medical workers getting sick with all the precausions they take, something is in the air, pun intended.

    • The workers getting sick may have another component to it. You have workers suiting up and totally sealing themselves as best as possible in plastic in varying forms. So no air can circulate inside to keep the body cooled down. Dressed as they are, they can only spend 45 minutes to 1 hour with patients under these conditions but because of all the process of suiting up and the decontamination after, many stretch that time to 2 hours. All this in the heat of Africa which means it’s hotter inside those suits, therefore they are sweating which means they are becoming dehydrated in those suits.
      THEN when they come out, there are several showers to decontaminate, and another 2 hours to re-hydrate (when it’s done properly). Now IF all this is done right, you’re still talking about workers spending a minimum of 4 hours doing this in heat and humidity which some may have experienced but not all. Even if not the best equipment is used, this could/would leave bodies in a vulnerable state it would seem to me.
      IF someone slipped up and made a mistake (as humans we do often)can anyone see how these workers could become not just susceptible to this virus but also just collapse from the daily stress of doing this how many times a day? with how many patients?

  2. Just a note of forewarning. There is within the components of Gorilla tape which is toxic to dogs and cats. If they get it and chew, they may get enough to kill them or make them very sick. It’s good stuff though if you don’t have animals to get in it. Or you don’t mind sick animals while you’re using it.
    Yes I am prepared for this one. In addition to these precautions, I’m also building up my own immune system.

    • Wow did t know that about gorilla tape, thanks for the info my little guy would definitely chew on some if he had the chance

    • I did not know that either. Tucker the Dog chews on his toys and doggie bones but never on human things, but still. Do you happen to know which ingredient? Time for me to call the manufacturer and ask a few questions.

      • I found out the hard way, watching a neighbor’s dog die after having gotten into some supplies. Evidently he has smelled some food which had been closed with the tape. Not the best idea for tape but we live and learn. Wish I could remember whether it was in the adhesive or the backing. I’ve been more a Duct Tape gal, but was thinking about buying some when the incident happened. Vet was very specific in his caution to us about the tape and pets.

  3. My big concern with the whole issue right now is my son is leaving for college in a few weeks and there are tons of international students so who knows what could be brought in. The fact the incubation period is so long makes it hard to detect before people get on airplanes and unknowingly transport the disease worldwide.

    • You have to use food grade hydrogen peroxide. Hydrogen peroxide is H2O2 which has one more oxygen atom than water. Drinking it adds more oxygen to your body and helps kill bugs.
      I drink a few oz of peroxide one day and then the next day a oz of silver.

  4. Maybe I’m being weird, but this looks like the beginning of a post apocalypse story!

    1) Ebola mutates to become airborne.
    2) Doctors and researchers studying the virus become ill and die from it.
    3) Countries institute mandatory 40 day quarantine for people arriving (cost added to ticket)
    4) Disease still spreads world wide, now with 95% or more fatality due to lack of doctors.
    5) Jump years into future where a village of survivors live. They learn of other survivor villages and begin to rebuild civilisation. (Hopefully on a more rational basis!)

    Maybe I better go back to sleep!
    🙂

    • I’m not John R. but thanks for the article. I will bear this in mind if/when an event arises that protective gear is necessary. I’ll have greater appreciation for those working to save lives. 🙂

    • I do not know if you have cared for sick people Andrew. I can say from personal experience, people get tired and aren’t as focused so can make mistakes leading to contact. Protective gear can have just a pin hole is enough or is it? We don’t know. That’s before you consider how far the droplets from someone sneezing can go or from projectile vomit. I do understand what you’re saying for most people it’s not a worry. It has been said though, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. I’m not fanatical about cleanliness since I believe too much is as bad as too little. That being said, having worked in a hospital and also cared for sick people or those with low immune systems, which I am not allowed to do now for my personal health, I will be using protective measures for me and mine. Yours IS a good reminder about not getting carried away, though.

  5. I have been prepping sanitation supplies so that my husband and I can co-exist if ebola spreads in the US. We are high risk b/c of where we live, and he is high risk due to his job. But I am lower risk b/c I don’t have to go anywhere. Today I researched home made electrolyte solutions which can be as simple as 6 tsp sugar, 1/2 tsp salt in a quart of water. However, raw honey or molasses can be used instead of sugar, and Celtic sea salt in place of table salt. Pre-cooked baby rice in dilution with water can also provide nourishment to a sick, dehydrated patient.
    HERE IS MY BIG CONCERN: suddenly I realized that all my anti-bacterial preps are not going to clean a virus off surfaces in the house. So I researched that. BLEACH AND LYSOL will work. I ordered Clorox Professional and Lysol Professional from Amazon, along with masks, goggles, honey, and molasses. In addition, the essential oil blend from Young Living called THIEVES is also anti-viral and immune supportive. Gaye recommends a very similar blend from another company. Essential oils could mean the difference between dying or surviving, with a virus whose MO is to shut off the immune response. Gaye, thanks for keeping us up to date on Ebola as well as prepping for pandemic. Karen

    • Karen – I will have to research the bleach and Lysol combo. Do you have a link?

      My concern with bleach is that it has a short, 6 to 12 month shelf live before it looses its effectiveness as a disinfectant and sanitizer. My order of Pool Shock did arrive yesterday and I plan to work with it as a bleach substitute. Hopefully I will have time to get my tests and results written up in the next week or two.

      Young Living Thieves is a good product. I use Shield from Spark Naturals and have been diffusing it 24/7 throughout my home.

      Here is a link to Spark Naturals: http://bit.ly/1mWiZce.
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    • Thanks for the electrolyte solution recipe. I get raw local honey so that will indeed go into my first info and cache.
      As to Chlorine…I do not believe in the use of bleach. I have family members who can’t be around it and haven’t missed it. I do know it isn’t effective on non-porous surfaces.
      Sanitize Safely and Effectively: Bleach and Alternatives in Child Care Programs
      http://www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/uploadedFiles/Health_Human_Services/Level_3_-_Public_Health/9.%20SanitizeSafely_9.09.pdf

      Why Bleach Does Not Work Well as a Disinfectant
      https://www.provetlogic.com/educational-solutions/why-bleach-does-not-work

      That said, I’ve been cleaning and disinfecting for 15 years with these two natural cleaners/disinfectants…borax and vinegar varying these with baking soda and salt. However, for those who choose alternatives to bleach….
      “Mold Removal with Borax

      There are many advantages to using borax to kill mold. For starters, borax is a natural cleaning product and although it is toxic if you swallow it, borax does not emit chemicals or dangerous fumes like some other mold killers. Borax, a white mineral powder, has a pH level of about 9 (baking soda is pH 8.1 and pH 7 is neutral) and a low toxicity.

      Borax is commonly used as a deodorizer as well as for cleaning toilets and drains. Borax is also used as an insecticide, herbicide and fungicide and it can be mixed with water in a solution to kill and remove mold as it is a natural mold inhibitor. You can buy borax in supermarkets for a few dollars from the laundry section.

      How to Kill Mold with Borax

      To kill mold using borax, create a borax-water solution using a ratio of 1 cup of borax per gallon of water.

      Vacuum up any loose mold with a HEPA filtered vacuum cleaner to lessen the number of spores stirred up into the air during the cleaning process.

      Use a scrubbing brush with the borax-water solution to scrub the mold off the surface.

      Wipe up any extra moisture and excess mold particles or dust/debris to prevent them spreading into the air once the surface has dried.

      You don’t need to rinse off the borax as the solution will prevent more mold beginning to grow on the surface again.

      Leave the surface to dry completely.

      Mold Removal with Vinegar

      Vinegar is a mild acid which can kill 82% of mold species. However it also has the advantages of being natural and safe. Vinegar is non-toxic and doesn’t give off dangerous fumes like bleach does.

      How to Kill Mold with Vinegar

      To kill mold with vinegar, use white distilled vinegar which you can buy cheaply from the supermarket.

      Pour some vinegar into a spray bottle without watering it down.

      Spray the vinegar onto the moldy surface and leave it to sit for an hour.

      Wipe clean the area with water and allow the surface to dry. Any smell from the vinegar should clear within a few hours.

      If you want to use vinegar to prevent mold growing on surfaces just spray vinegar on the surface and leave it. Repeat this every few days to ensure the surface will stay mold-free. You can even mop your tiled bathroom floor or other hard non-porous floors with vinegar if you are worried about mold growing on them.

      Mold Removal with Ammonia

      Like bleach, ammonia will kill mold on hard non-porous surfaces such as countertops, glass or tiles but it is ineffective at killing mold growing in porous material such as wood or drywall.

      Another disadvantage of using ammonia is that it is a harsh, toxic chemical. Make sure you never mix ammonia with bleach because the gas they create when combined is toxic. Chlorine mixed with ammonia was even used as a chemical weapon during World War 2.

      Additionally, although ammonia can kill surface mold, dead mold and dead mold spores are still allergenic so you will need to make sure to remove them afterwards.

      How to Kill Mold with Ammonia

      To kill mold using ammonia, create a solution of 50% clear ammonia and 50% water in a spray bottle and spray it on moldy areas.

      Make sure the ammonia you use says “clear ammonia” on the label.

      Leave the area for a few hours before wiping and rinsing.

      Often detergents or mold cleaning products will contain ammonia. In that case just follow the directions on the label and be sure never to mix it with bleach.

      Mold Removal with Hydrogen Peroxide

      Hydrogen peroxide kills mold as it is anti-fungal as well as anti-viral and anti-bacterial. Hydrogen peroxide is a good alternative to chlorine bleach because it is safe to use and doesn’t damage the environment, nor does it leave behind toxic residue or produce toxic fumes like chlorine bleach does. You can buy hydrogen peroxide from drug stores for around one dollar for a bottle of 3% concentration.

      Hydrogen peroxide kills mold effectively on many materials such as clothes, floors, bathroom fixtures, walls and items such as kitchen appliances. Since hydrogen peroxide is a bleaching agent it may also help fade the stain mold leaves behind. Spot test hydrogen peroxide on the material you’re going to be cleaning to make sure it won’t fade the material’s colors.

      How to Kill Mold with Hydrogen Peroxide

      To kill mold pour 3% concentration hydrogen peroxide into a spray bottle.

      Spray the moldy surface completely so that the moldy areas are saturated with hydrogen peroxide.

      Leave the surface to sit for 10 minutes while the hydrogen peroxide kills the mold.

      Then scrub the area to make sure to remove all the mold and mold stains.

      Finally wipe the surface down to remove residual mold and spores.

      You can also use vinegar with hydrogen peroxide during the cleaning to more effectively remove the mold. Afterwards store the spray bottle in a dark place since light diminishes hydrogen peroxide’s effectiveness.

      Mold Removal with Detergent and Water

      A solution of detergent and warm water can be used to scrub surface mold off non-porous surfaces. Although detergent itself doesn’t kill mold, if the mold is on non-porous materials then the solution doesn’t need to kill it as long as you completely clean away all the mold on the surface.

      Mold Removal with Baking Soda

      Baking soda is well known as a natural and safe household cleaner. But you can also use baking soda to kill mold in your home. Unlike other mold killers which contain harsh chemicals, baking soda is mild (pH of 8.1) and harmless to your family and any pets.

      Besides killing mold, baking soda also deodorizes and so using it can get rid of the smell mold leaves in your home. Baking soda also absorbs moisture to help keep mold away.

      Vinegar is often used along with baking soda when cleaning up a mold problem since vinegar kills different species of mold to baking soda.

      How to Kill Mold with Baking Soda

      Add one quarter of a tablespoon of baking soda to a spray bottle of water.

      Shake the bottle to dissolve the baking soda into the water.

      Spray the moldy area with the baking soda and water solution.

      Then use a sponge or scrubbing brush to make sure to remove all the mold from the surface.

      Once you’ve scrubbed away the mold rinse the surface with water to remove any residual mold on the surface.

      Spray the area with the spray bottle again and let the surface dry. This will kill any left over mold and prevent the mold returning.

      You can use a cloth instead of a spray bottle to clean mold with baking soda:

      Soak a cloth in water and then add one quarter of a tablespoon of baking soda to it.

      Use the cloth on the moldy area to remove the mold with the baking soda and water solution.

      Mold Removal with Tea Tree Oil

      Of all the natural mold killing solutions tea tree oil is the most effective. Although it is also expensive, a small amount of tea tree oil goes a long way in killing mold.

      Tea tree oil is an essential oil which is harmless to people and pets. Tea tree oil is antifungal, capable of killing all types of molds. Tea tree oil is antibacterial as well.

      You can buy tea tree oil for about $10 for a small bottle from most natural food stores. Make sure the tea tree oil you buy is derived from the Melaleuca Alternifolia, which is the technical name for tea tree, as not all brands always are.

      How to Kill Mold with Tea Tree Oil

      To kill mold using tea tree oil add water to a spray bottle, keeping in mind how many cups it takes to fill the bottle.

      Next add tea tree oil at the ratio of 1 teaspoon per cup of water that went into the spray bottle.

      Spray the solution on the moldy surface.

      There is no need to rinse since leaving the tea tree oil on the surface will kill the mold and prevent it from returning.

      An alternative to using a spray bottle is to use a rag or cloth with the tea tree oil solution to clean away mold:

      First create a solution of tea tree oil and water in the ratio of 1 teaspoon per cup of water.

      Use a cloth to apply the solution to the moldy surface and scrub the mold away.

      Again, you do not need to rinse the surface afterwards.

      Tea tree oil has a strong smell but it will go away after some time. You can keep and use the solution you have made for a long time afterwards as tea tree oil does not lose its potency quickly.

      Mold Removal with Grapefruit Seed Extract

      Grapefruit seed extract is similar to tea tree oil in that it is an expensive but very effective natural mold killer. The advantage of grapefruit seed extract over tea tree oil however is that it has almost no odor. Like tea tree oil you can buy grape fruit seed extract from most health food stores.

      Grapefruit seed extract kills mold naturally as the citric acid from the grapefruit attacks mold. Grapefruit seed extract also disinfects areas and deodorizes as well. Like tea tree oil, a small amount of grapefruit seed extract goes a long way in killing mold.

      How to Kill Mold with Grapefruit Seed Extract

      To kill mold with grapefruit seed extract create a solution of grapefruit seed extract and water in a spray bottle in the ratio of 10 drops of grapefruit seed extract per cup of water.

      Shake the spray bottle to mix the solution thoroughly and then spray it onto the surface where mold is growing.

      You do not need to rinse the solution away afterwards although you can use a cloth to wipe away the mold and solution after some minutes if you like. The longer grapefruit seed extract is in contact with mold the more it will cut through and kill the mold colony and prevent mold from returning.

      Repeat if needed to more thoroughly remove mold from the surface.

      The grapefruit seed extract solution in the spray bottle will remain potent for a long time and can be reused again and again as grapefruit seed extract has a long shelf life.”
      http://blackmold.awardspace.com/kill-remove-mold.html

      We are told Ebola is a virus, since it’s mutated, do we really know or could it be a spore like mold?

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