Should health authorities in Western countries be concerned about ISIS using Ebola as a biological weapon? Intelligence services are keeping a close eye on online chat rooms, where such attacks are reportedly discussed among jihadist groups. Extremists connected to the Islamic State (IS, previously ISIS) have been considering using Ebola as a weapon against the West. This was reported by Spain’s State Secretary for Security, Francisco Martinez, to the Spanish parliament.
There are many examples of online terrorist chat rooms discussing the use of biological warfare against the West. There were also a number of tweets that talked about the use of “deadly chemical products from laboratories, stating that terrorist organization Ansar al-Islam was involved.
Despite increasing evidence of biological attacks on the West, US Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson denied allegations of the Islamic State’s plans to use biological weapons. Experts know the thread to use Ebola as a weapon is simply absurd.
Such a plot is based entirely on a myth about the virus. As any expert will tell you, none of these diabolical plans discussed on evil jihad websites could be carried out.
A virus like Ebola survives only through bodily fluids passed on from one person to another. “You can’t just take the virus and pour it in a reservoir, and expect everybody in the city to get sick,” says William Schaffner in an interview with RT news. Mr. Schaffner is an infectious disease specialist at Vanderbilt University.
Nor is it possible to send Ebola through the mail like anthrax. Whereas anthrax is a bacteria that can be transmitted via powder, Ebola is unlikely to live outside a host. “I don’t know that the virus can even survive in the mail,” says Schaffner.
Schaffner also believes it’s doubtful that an ISIS soldier could start an Ebola outbreak in the U.S. The most likely way to spread Ebola would be for an infected fighter to head to an emergency room without telling anyone he’s carrying the disease. That could potentially spread the virus to health care workers.
All of which isn’t to say that ISIS online forums don’t contain credible threats. Users associated with ISIS in the past month have posted genuinely plausible pipe bomb recipes for “lone wolf” attacks on the U.S. and threatened to kill Twitter employees for shutting down their accounts. But an Ebola attack? Article courtesy http://www.eturbonews.com