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Sun Mar 24, 2013, 05:18 PM

Missing virus vial raises concerns at UTMB facility

Last edited Sun Mar 24, 2013, 07:13 PM - Edit history (1)

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 General Discussion forum.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Sun Mar 24, 2013, 06:16 PM

1. lovely

...just keep your ears open for the news of some strange water-borne illness or something...

i feel so safe now!

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Sun Mar 24, 2013, 06:49 PM

2. Great.

Could you x-post this for wider exposure? I would but I'm on my phone and it's a PITA to do so. Pretty serious stuff

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Response to Tien1985 (Reply #2)

Sun Mar 24, 2013, 07:14 PM

3. Added cross-post to General Discussion forum. nt

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Response to TexasTowelie (Reply #3)

Sun Mar 24, 2013, 07:22 PM

4. Thanks :)

I'm sure others would like to see this

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