It wasn’t just art that was looted in Iraq; dangerous strains of cholera, black fever, HIV, polio, and hepatitis may have been stolen from Iraq’s main disease control facility as well. The U.S. military is worried they may end up in the hands of people who want to use them as weapons. They may have even been stolen by organized gangs, the way art was stolen from the National Museum.
Looters took refrigerators full of deadly viruses Friday, but no one knows what’s actually missing. “They are in containers, all of these things taken together, cholera, AIDS and black fever,” one lab worker says.
A sign outside the facility now reads in Arabic, “Stay away, extremely dangerous. Lab is polluted with viruses.” The greatest danger could be to the looters who took the material.
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