Ebola (cont.) • August 23: A Congress on World Culture is being held in Istanbul. 100,000 attendees from all over the world are attending with most interested in a music festival being held in conjunction with the Congress
Ebola (cont.) • 0710: The desk clerk at a small hotel in the city discovers two seriously ill occupant of room 212. (at least 30 African jazz musicians were staying at the hotel). One occupant is unconscious and the other seriously ill but refuses help.
Ebola (cont.) • 0715: The desk clerk calls the police and medical emergency personnel.
Ebola (cont.) • 0730—The police and the medics arrive. The first man is pronounced dead and the second man refuses to say anything
Ebola (cont.) • 0800—By 8am, the police have determined that the occupants of room 212 were Mauritanian citizens who were taking part in the music festival as part of a party of five Mauritanians
Ebola (cont.) • 0845—French authorities advise that they have a Mauritanian citizen in custody who has told them that 5 Mauritanians citizens who were working in a hospital in that country treating an Ebola epidemic had traveled to Paris with the idea of attacking the Istanbul Congress by infecting themselves with the illness and “weapon zing” themselves. The detainee thought they might have others targets as well.
Ebola (cont.) • 1000—Authorities in Istanbul have determined that the other three Mauritanians have disappeared. Medical authorities have diagnosed the symptoms of the 212 occupants indicates a tropical disease with Ebola like symptoms
Ebola (cont.) • The police have learned that the 3 remaining Mauritanians have “disappeared” and that at least 20 of the others Africans staying at the hotel departed the country to at least a dozen different locations not further identified