Al Queda’s great at avoiding complete extermination with secret training facilities, detatched terrorist cells, and remote locations. But they can’t hide from the Bubonic Plague!
The Plague is a funny bug. It’s incredibly dangerous– if you’re far away from any modern hospital. In fact, you can get innoculated with the “Plague Series” of shots. (I had a friend who did a stint with the US Army in Haiti, and he got the Plague Series before heading down.) Al Queda may be in large amounts of trouble– anyone who’s contracted the plague bacteria could have taken it to thiere remote training camps, where it spreads and kills recruits and leadership alike. And if you’re in a remote cave on the Afghanistan border, you’re not going to get down the mountain in enough time to get the proper treatment.
If you’re curious, here’s the symptoms, courtesy of Wikipedia:
The most famous symptom of bubonic plague is swollen lymph nodes, called buboes. These are commonly found in the armpits, groin or neck. The bubonic plague was the first step of the ongoing plague. Two other forms of the plague, pneumonic and septicemic, resulted after a patient with the bubonic plague developed pneumonia or blood poisoning.
Other symptoms include spots on the skin that are red at first and then turn black, heavy breathing, continuous blood vomiting, aching limbs and terrible pain. The pain is usually caused by the actual decaying, or decomposing of the skin while the infected person is still alive, when death begins the person will get spasms.
It’s a horrible death. And it’s a total irony that people who would wage war on innocents would fall to this bacteria.
As always, the CDC has a fun interactive presentation on it!
UPDATE: Was this the result of a botched biological weapon test?