Via International Business Times: Officials Refute Iraqi Media Reports That ISIS Members Have Contracted Ebola In Mosul. Click through for the full report and several links. Excerpt:
The two biggest news stories of 2014 collided Wednesday when Iraqi media outlets reported that members of the Islamic State group -- also known as ISIS -- had contracted the deadly virus Ebola. But later updates from the World Health Organization and Iraq's Ministry of Health indicate the stories may be just rumors.
"We have no official notification ... that it is Ebola," Christy Feig, director of communications for WHO, told Mashable, though WHO has contacted Iraqi officials to offer help.
Iraq's Ministry of Health also denied that anyone in Mosul had contracted the Ebola virus, which broke out in March in West Africa. Spokesman Ahmed Rudaini told news site Al-Maalomah that Mosul doesn't even have the technological capability to diagnose Ebola cases -- only Baghdad does. Therefore, he said, the reports that Ebola has infected anyone in Mosul are "incorrect" and "unfounded."
The discussion started with an article in Iraq's official newspaper, Al-Sabah, that said "terrorists" brought Ebola to Mosul. "Many diseases and epidemics have spread among residents of the city of Mosul," it read. "Two Ebola and 26 HIV/AIDS cases were registered."
Ebola is primarily a threat in West Africa, where its latest outbreak has killed nearly 8,000 people. Mashable reported ISIS has not recruited fighters from any countries severely affected by the disease. Its African members are primarily from Algeria, Egypt, Morocco, Sudan and Tunisia.
Ebola and HIV as terror weapons are likely more effective as rumours than as real biological agents.