Experts fear Ebola virus ‘explosion’
5 August, 2014, 12:00 am
EXPERTS fear terror groups are building a “dirty bomb” containing the fearful flesh-eating Ebola virus and plan to explode it in a UK city.
Britain’s The Sun newspaper reports fears of such a devastating attack have been raised by Dr Peter Walsh, a biological anthropologist from Cambridge University.
He told The Sun there was a “serious risk is that a group manages to harness the virus as a powder,
While all samples of the Ebola virus in a handful of advanced research facilities around the are tightly guarded, it would be possible that terrorist groups could get samples of infected material direct from West Africa — home of the feared Boko Haram Islamic extremist group.
“It is a threat that is taken very seriously,” Dr Walsh said.
More than 800 people have died in West Africa during the current outbreak. Airport staff have told the UK’s Mirror newspaper of their fears after a passenger travelling from Sierra Leone collapsed and died at Gatwick Airport on Saturday.
The 72-year-old woman is said to have collapsed as she disembarked from the aircraft which had arrived from Freetown, Sierra Leone, with 128 passengers on-board.
She has since tested negative for the virus, UK health officials state.
An airport worker told The Mirror: “The woman was sweating buckets and vomiting.
“Paramedics arrived to try and help her. The next thing everybody was there â€¦ emergency crews, airfield operations, even immigration. They closed down the jet bridge and put the aircraft into quarantine.”
An American doctor infected with Ebola was given an experimental antibody serum before flying to the US, according to aid group Samaritan’s Purse.
Dr Kent Brantly, 33, was evacuated after contracting the virus while treating infected patients in a clinic in Liberia.