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ISIS militants with Ebola?

(5 Posts)
IAmOnMyBike Fri 02-Jan-15 13:26:39

www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2894154/ISIS-fighters-contracted-Ebola-World-Health-Organisation-investigating-reports-Islamist-militants-disease-showed-Iraqi-hospital.html

As if things were not bad enough for the citizens of Iraq.

DustInTheWind Fri 02-Jan-15 13:33:56

I'd want it conformed by an independent source before I believed it to be anything other than propaganda.

OhYouBadBadKitten Fri 02-Jan-15 13:34:35

independent's view

IAmOnMyBike Fri 02-Jan-15 13:42:16

Thanks for that link.

AuntieStella Fri 02-Jan-15 13:54:52

It might be propaganda.

But there is neither effective health care nor health surveillance, nor functioning labs, in ISIS controlled areas. It would be impossible to confirm a case, but that does not mean that the disease is not present. Any traveller could have taken it there, just as it has been taken to other a few other locations beyond the main affected countries during this outbreak.

If (and that's a big if) it is present there, there may be a cluster outbreak and it would become noticed at some point. Travel in and out of ISIS-controlled areas is already limited (and dangerous). I doubt even military medics could be deployed to assist there safely, and no volunteers should be permitted to go.

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