Ebola crisis rekindles concerns about secret research in Russian military labs

As mentioned in a previous post: Islamic State jihadists may infect themselves to spread Ebola in the West

Furthermore, it has also already mutated over 300 hundred times in 2014 through observing its genomic sequencing. A bio attack could easily come from the Russians without a trace and easily have blame placed on islamic jihadists.

 

She was an ordinary lab technician with an uncommonly dangerous assignment: drawing blood from Ebola-infected animals in a secret military laboratory. When she cut herself at work one day, she decided to keep quiet, fearing she’d be in trouble. Then the illness struck.

“By the time she turned to a doctor for help, it was too late,” one of her overseers, a former bio­weapons scientist, said of the accident years afterward. The woman died quickly and was buried, according to one account, in a “sack filled with calcium hypochlorite,” or powdered bleach.

The 1996 incident might have been forgotten except for the pathogen involved — a highly lethal strain of Ebola virus — and where the incident occurred: inside a restricted Russian military lab that was once part of the Soviet Union’s biological weapons program. Years ago, the same facility in the Moscow suburb of Sergiev Posad cultivated microbes for use as tools of war. Today, much of what goes on in the lab remains unknown. Continue reading