Sources in Iraq have reported that ISIS fighters in Mosul have contracted the Ebola virus. Mosul has been under the control of the Islamic State since June of last year. The reports have not been officially confirmed. Although some believe it is unlikely that the reported cases are actually Ebola, ISIS fighters have arrived in the area from various countries, some of which may be actively fighting the Ebola outbreak. The World Health Organization has reached out to offer assistance in containing any Ebola cases that might exist.
If the illnesses do turn out to be Ebola, this could be a very serious situation since there would be some very challenging restrictions for medical personnel working in an ISIS controlled area. According to some reports ISIS forces have executed more than a dozen doctors in Mosul in recent weeks, and medical personnel in the area have been working around the clock dealing with combat injuries. An Ebola outbreak would be difficult to contain under the best of conditions, and those conditions do not exist in Mosul.
The chances of an Ebola outbreak getting out of control in Mosul is only one of the problems this situation presents. It is doubtful that ISIS leaders are genuinely concerned for the wellbeing of the residents of Mosul or the surround area. If the situation presents a big enough problem for their war efforts, they will most likely abandon the region to prevent their forces from being weakened by the disease, which would undoubtedly be the best scenario for those left behind.
The other issue is that ISIS will have direct access to live Ebola virus, which can easily be weaponized and used to spread the disease to other areas. Given our lack of border security it would be a simple matter for them to simply walk the disease across our southern border.