Syringe attack at airport raises fears of weaponized Ebola virus


(NaturalNews) Fears over weaponized Ebola virus are escalating after a federal air marshal was stabbed with a syringe recently while traveling through an airport in Lagos, Nigeria. The New York Times (NYT) reports that the man, who may have been a target of bioterrorism, was rushed back to Houston, Texas, and evaluated, thankfully with no signs of Ebola infection.

Tests conducted on the syringe at a special bio-defense forensics laboratory in Fort Detrick, Maryland, did not reveal Ebola or any other threatening agent, according to Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) spokesman Christos Sinos. But this does not mean that the intent of the stabbing was not to harm the marshal, potentially with a deadly substance.

What may have happened is that a random civilian attempted to infect the marshal with Ebola or some other harmful disease, but failed to properly preserve it as an effective bioweapon. Experts say it would be extremely difficult to cultivate large enough amounts Ebola in order to effectively weaponize and spread it throughout a population.

But the threat is still there, say some, and people need to be cautious.

“It’s not very contagious compared to things like plague, but it does have high lethality and could cause fear and terror,” stated Dr. Amesh Adalja, a senior associate at the Center for Health Security, a group affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, to NYT about the threat of weaponized Ebola.

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