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The World Health Organization issued an alert Tuesday urging more doctors to travel to Congo to combat an outbreak of Ebola fever, which kills nearly all of those it infects and has no cure or treatment.
The Congolese government on Tuesday declared a quarantine of the area in southeastern Congo, spokesman Toussaint Tshilobo said.
Originally posted by scientist
I've been through various stages of chemo and bio warfare training, and ebola is still one of the scariest things I have ever seen.
Originally posted by sp00n1
You can't feasibly weaponize Ebola, it's too contagious. If you release it in an airport or major city it has the potential of infecting the entire planet... In 24 hours, less than one incubation period, an infected person could travel the entire planet and directly infect thousands of people.
I guess you could use it as a scorched earth weapon, like Dr. Strangelove.
We are long overdue for a pandemic. Your options are; SARS, Bird Flu, Ebola, or something else we've never heard of.
[edit on 9/20/2007 by sp00n1]
Originally posted by SevenThunders
I thought if it was too contagious it makes a lousy weapon. The victims die too quickly to spread the disease effectively. Of course some believe these are all genetically engineered as part of the planned population reduction program.