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Sun Mar 24, 2013, 07:12 PM

Missing virus vial raises concerns at UTMB facility

A vial containing a potentially harmful virus has gone missing from a laboratory at the University of Texas Medical Branch, officials said.

The missing vial, which contains less than a quarter of a teaspoon an infectious disease, had been stored in a locked freezer, designed to handle biological material safely, within the Galveston National Laboratory on UTMB's campus, officials said. During a routine internal inspection last week, UTMB officials realized one vial of a virus called Guanarito was not accounted for at the facility.

Scott Weaver, the laboratory's scientific director, said Guanarito is an emerging disease that has caused deadly diseases in Venezuela. The federal government prioritizes it for research because it has the potential to be used a weapon for terrorists.

On Tuesday, an investigator discovered that only four out of five vials were stored of the virus in the grid system. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was notified immediately.

More at http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Missing-virus-vial-raises-concerns-at-UTMB-4380346.php .

Cross-posted in Texas Group.

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TexasTowelie Mar 2013 OP
Control-Z Mar 2013 #1
Gman Mar 2013 #2
intheflow Mar 2013 #3
Mnemosyne Mar 2013 #4
Gravitycollapse Mar 2013 #5
Marrah_G Mar 2013 #8
bubbayugga Mar 2013 #6
markiv Mar 2013 #7
Quantess Mar 2013 #9

Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Sun Mar 24, 2013, 07:26 PM

1. Yay, Texas?

Scary crap. I hope the find it, and still with a full teaspoon!

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Sun Mar 24, 2013, 08:09 PM

2. UTMB budget cuts? OTOH, UTMB has had

problems for years. Especially since Ike.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Sun Mar 24, 2013, 08:45 PM

3. Isn't Texas where the deadly virus in The Stand started?

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Response to intheflow (Reply #3)

Sun Mar 24, 2013, 10:57 PM

4. No, it was a California government lab. Still... very creepy. nt

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Sun Mar 24, 2013, 10:58 PM

5. "Venezuelan hemorrhagic fever" - Uhhh...that's terrifying.

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Response to Gravitycollapse (Reply #5)

Sun Mar 24, 2013, 11:27 PM

8. That is a nightmare.......

These types of viruses are so scary.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Sun Mar 24, 2013, 11:14 PM

6. There are few things on this earth more dangerous than a weaponized virus on the loose.

 

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Sun Mar 24, 2013, 11:24 PM

7. surprised this didnt get silenced nt

 

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Mon Mar 25, 2013, 05:28 AM

9. Oh, great.

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