"The advantages of biological weapons is the low cost and high rate of casualties..."
Critics of the ISIS terrorist network have often condemned the jihadists of attempting to revert civilization back to the Dark Ages both theologically and culturally. According to reports from The Telegraph (of London, Great Britain) on Aug. 29, 2014, and also by the Beirut, Lebanon-based Sada Al-Balad (Arabic: صدى البلد) meaning The echo of the country) on Aug. 30, 2014, the al-Qaeda branch office in Iraq and Syria, better known to the West as ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) are now full steam ahead on weaponizing bubonic plague, also known as The Black Death.
True to the definition of terrorism, there is chatter in the shadows of Western intelligence agencies regarding a recently obtained ISIS computer detailing the weaponization of biological and chemical agents aimed directly at civilian targets. As reported, the jihadists had a 19-page manual on the laptop that al-Aan news of the United Arab Emirates ostensibly acquired from one of the many rebel groups in Syria fighting not only against President Bashir al-Assad, but also ISIS, who also go by the acronyms ISIL or simply IS (Islamic State in the Levant - Islamic State).
Other than the technical know-how of constructing a delivery system, such as being attached to an explosive device on a missile or suicide car-bomb attacks, what is most recommended would be releasing the plague through an aerosol directly into the atmosphere, "The advantages of biological weapons is the low cost and high rate of casualties. There are many methods to spread the biological or chemical agents in a way to impact the biggest number of people. Air, main water supplies, food. The most dangerous is through the air." Specifically cited was contaminating large air-conditioning systems, presumably the likes of indoor stadiums of shopping malls.
All but eradicated in the West, the Black Death has reared its ugly head occasionally in the Third World as well as the former Soviet Union. With the mortality date normally between 50-80 percent, the symptoms usually manifest themselves 2–5 days after exposure. Symptoms include:
Gangrene of the extremities such as toes, fingers, lips and tip of the nose.
General ill feeling (malaise).
High fever (39 °C; 102 °F).
Lenticulae (pus oozing black dots scattered throughout the body).
Smooth, painful lymph gland swelling normally in the groin, but also could occur in the armpits or neck..
Pain may occur in the area before the swelling appears.
Continuous vomiting of blood.
Extreme pain as a direct consequence of the decay or decomposition of the skin while the victim is still alive.