The Islamic State (ISIS) may be thinking of using human carriers to infect its enemies with the Ebola virus, a national security expert claims, saying terror groups would not have to weaponize the deadly virus to spread the disease.
“In the context of terrorist activity, it doesn’t take much sophistication to go that next step to use a human being as a carrier,” Retired Capt. Al Shimkus, a professor of national security affairs at the U.S. Naval War College, told Forbes.
Special: The 5 Early Warning Signs of Prostate Cancer
Shimkus said that the “individual exposed to the Ebola virus would be the carrier,” and with West Africa in an open epidemic, it would not be difficult for terrorists to steal infected bodily fluids to use elsewhere.
Shimkus said that ISIS or another terror group could also send some operatives into an outbreak region so they could intentionally expose themselves to the virus, and then once they infect themselves, they could head to a target city or country.
Troops have been using human carriers to spread disease for centuries, said Shimkus, even during the Middle Ages, when they threw corpses of people who had died of the bubonic plague over enemy walls to spread the disease.
He admitted that with Ebola, infected people could be identified before they leave a country, and he admits that he does not think the virus would spread quickly in advanced nations like the United States because their health care systems are better-equipped to isolate and stop the virus from spreading.