US expands search for WMDs to East Africa

Some of the world`s deadliest diseases have their roots in Africa.

Last Updated: Apr 14, 2011, 13:26 PM IST

Washington: The United States government is expanding a 20-year-old program to secure and destroy Cold War-era nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction to East Africa, according to the American Chemical Society (ACS).

In an article, which appeared in the Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN), ACS’s weekly newsmagazine, Glenn Hess, C&EN senior editor, has said that the focus of the Cooperative Threat Reduction Program (CTR) comes after realising that some of the world`s deadliest diseases like Ebola, Marburg and Rift Valley Fever viruses have their roots in Africa, a volatile area where political instability raises concerns about the misuse of these deadly microbes by terrorists.

He said that any new intelligence information indicating that Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda have secretly developed nuclear weapons had nothing to do with the decision of expanding the search to East Africa, Eureka reports.
The article describes how CTR, which began in the former Soviet Union, is being expanded to confront the threat of bioterrorism in other regions of the world.

ANI