Deadly Virus Goes Missing From Texas Laboratory

Via CBS News, how the end of the world begins:

Officials say a vial containing a virus that can cause hemorrhagic fever has gone missing from a research facility in Galveston, but say there’s no reason to believe there’s a threat to the public. Officials suspect the missing vial containing the Guanarito virus was destroyed during the lab’s cleaning process but the investigation continues.

The University of Texas Medical Branch branch says the virus, native to Venezuela, is transmitted only through contact with Venezuelan rats. It is not believed to be able to survive in U.S. rodents or to be transmitted person-to-person. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was immediately notified after the vial was discovered missing Wednesday.

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  • ishmael2009

    It’s worrying that routine cleaning of a lab can lead to a deadly virus can go missing, but given that this virus is already out there in nature (in Venezuela) it’s not likely to lead to “the end of the world” is it?

    • Jin The Ninja

      i don’t know… hemorrhagic fever seems a likely candidate for evolution into a zombie virus…although maybe that’s just me.

      • wcarver

        As a biologist (retired) I’m not real comfortable with “unlikely”, “is not believed to be” and other weasel comments. Viruses are well known to mutate frequently particularly the retroviruses – as the hemorrhagic virus is, One favorable mutation in a local rodent would be all it takes to go…well..viral

        • for real?

          James…Do these “Higher-ups” (im being nice) really think their believable? Do ” they” think we are all stupid? You seem to be wiser and more truthful then all the people that are NOT being truthful to the public. This to me is a sad time when the people start believing the craziness being spoonfed by the GOVERNMENT.

  • http://twitter.com/HHNREC Holistic Healing

    @ishmael2009:disqus Although the possibility is there, it’s highly unlikely I feel unless it’s put into an area (texas itself a good example) where it isn’t maybe balanced out like it is in Venezuela or any other area it’s originated from as there are probably variables tied into why it stays there.. Or is there, to begin with. Thing’s like this are absurd. We really are gambling with our lives these days, our solutions aren’t solutions they are patch’s to the problem, that grow old and fall off and leave infection. Trying to find cure’s for thing’s that haven’t happened is likely to speed up any process that is likely it does happen.

  • InfvoCuernos

    Seems to me that viral study should be a little tighter on their regulation than regular study. This could be a major ball to be dropping inside the US. Somebody should lose their job over this. At the least, criminal negligence, at worst, infiltration by radical terrorists.

  • BuzzCoastin

    > Deadly Virus Goes Missing From Texas Laboratory

    Can Bush really be that hard to find?

  • http://www.facebook.com/cg.hobbyist Cg Hobbyist

    ” It is not believed to be able to survive in U.S. rodents”

    Real reassuring man.

  • Jenn Luna

    I feel like I’m in a zombie movie…..

  • for real?

    Do they really think everyone is dumb? This is our Government?…Is this candid camera? Come on….OMG…

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