Dr. Fauci: ‘Nature Is the Worst Terrorist’

By Melanie Arter | October 6, 2014 | 11:21am EDT

Dr. Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (AP Photo)

(CNSNews.com) – Dr. Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases – a division of the National Institutes of Health, told "Fox News Sunday" that he wasn’t worried about illegal immigrants bringing Ebola over the southern U.S. border or about terrorists using Ebola as a bioterror weapon.

“I wouldn’t be worrying about illegal immigrants coming from southern borders when we have an issue right now with Ebola in West Africa. I mean that’s a hypothetical. That’s very far fetched. As far as terrorism, nature right now, Chris, is the worst bioterrorist. I’m worried more about the natural evolution in West Africa than I am about a terrorist,” he said.

As of Oct. 3, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were 7,492 cases of Ebola – 1,199 in Guinea, 3834 in Liberia, 2,437 in Sierra Leone, 20 in Nigeria, one in Senegal and one in the U.S. Of those, there have been 4,108 laboratory confirmed cases of the Ebola – 977 in Guinea, 931 in Liberia, 2,179 in Sierra Leone, 19 in Nigeria, one in Senegal and one in the U.S.

The disease has claimed the lives of 3,439 people – 739 in Guinea, 2,069 in Liberia, 623 in Sierra Leone, and eight in Nigeria. No one in the U.S. has died from the disease.

Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace asked Fauci: “What are the chances that illegal immigrants are going to come over our porous southern border with Ebola or that terrorists will purposely send someone here using Ebola as a bioterror weapon?”

Fauci said he is not worried about either scenario, and Ebola itself would be an “inefficient” as a bioterrorist weapon.

“If I were a bioterrorist, that would not be my choice,” Fauci said.

“Nature does it much worse than a bioterrorist,” he added.

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