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ALGIERS, Algeria, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- Anti-terrorism leaders say a number of al-Qaida militants in training have been killed by the "black death, a plague that ravaged Europe in the Middle Ages.
At least 40 al-Qaida followers have died since the disease swept through a training camp in Algeria, The Sun reported Monday. The deaths became known when security forces found a body beside a road.
"This is the deadliest weapon yet in the war against terror. Most of the terrorists do not have the basic medical supplies needed to treat the disease," one security source told the British publication, although it wasn't reported how the deadly outbreak started. "It spreads quickly and kills within hours. This will be really worrying al-Qaida."
The victim was associated with al-Qaida in the Land of the Islamic Maghreb, the largest and most powerful al-Qaida group outside the Middle East, the Sun said.
Al-Qaida leaders said they fear the plague has spread to other cells or to Taliban fighters in Afghanistan.
The epidemic began in the hideouts of the al-Qaida in the Land of the Islamic Maghreb in Algiers, sources told The Sun. The group fled to Bejaia and Jijel provinces.
The plague has several forms: Bubonic plague is spread by infected rat fleas and pneumonic plague is airborne bacteria spread similarly to flu.
Unlike the epidemic in 1665 when 30,000 Londoners died, world health officials said plague outbreaks now can be treated with antibiotics and deaths are rare.
Originally posted by star in a jar
Rage virus, anyone?
all kidding aside, it's only a matter of time before it spreads to the poor villages around it and eventually the world
I don't think these terrorists (freedom fighters to others) were dirty (During the plague during the Middle ages people in Europe reportedly only took a bath once a year, if you can believe that), I just don't see it.
I suspect a weaponized strain of bubonic plague. I think they died too quickly.
Perhaps this is the crisis Joe Biden was talking about... In a few days this virus could be in every corner of the world.
Sorry, but odds that you will be a zombie rather than a zombie-hunter are extreme.
[edit on 19-1-2009 by star in a jar]
Originally posted by yellowcard
That's not a crisis for the west, we have a cure , either a) the terrorist were messing around with chemical weapons, b) we spread it to see if it was psychologically effective or c) they are unclean...which is quite possible if terror camps don't have many women around.
In the United States, the last urban plague epidemic occurred in Los Angeles in 1924-25. Since then, human plague in the United States has occurred as mostly scattered cases in rural areas (an average of 10 to 15 persons each year). Globally, the World Health Organization reports 1,000 to 3,000 cases of plague every year. In North America, plague is found in certain animals and their fleas from the Pacific Coast to the Great Plains, and from southwestern Canada to Mexico. Most human cases in the United States occur in two regions: 1) northern New Mexico, northern Arizona, and southern Colorado; and 2) California, southern Oregon, and far western Nevada. Plague also exists in Africa, Asia, and South America (see map).