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  •  germs on the loose (10+ / 0-)

    Deadly virus vial goes missing from Texas bioterror lab
    USA Today; Allison Young

    Officials at a maximum-security research lab in Texas report that a vial of a potential bioterror agent is missing, but they say it's likely that the virus has been destroyed and poses no danger.

    The incident, voluntarily disclosed by the Galveston National Laboratory, comes amid growing concerns about security and safety risks at labs researching germs and toxins that could be used as bioterror weapons.

    Scott Weaver, the Galveston lab's scientific director, said Monday that a routine check last week led to the discovery that one of five small plastic vials of an obscure virus called Guanarito was missing from a locked freezer. Checks of the lab's security systems show no malfunctions and no unusual entries to the lab or the freezer since a previous inventory recorded the vial in November.

    Ted Kennedy: “The work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die…”

    by jlms qkw on Mon Mar 25, 2013 at 09:06:42 PM PDT

    •  Thanks jlms. Isn't there some (7+ / 0-)

      saying about playing with fire?

      The good thing about science is that it's true whether or not you believe in it.― Neil deGrasse Tyson

      by maggiejean on Mon Mar 25, 2013 at 09:15:49 PM PDT

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    •  Venezuelan hemorrhagic fever (7+ / 0-)

      http://en.wikipedia.org/...

      Venezuelan hemorrhagic fever (VHF) is a zoonotic human illness first identified in 1989. The disease is most prevalent in several rural areas of central Venezuela and is caused by the Guanarito (GTOV) arenavirus belonging to the Arenaviridae family. The short-tailed cane mouse (Zygodontomys brevicauda) is the main host for GTOV [1] which is spread mostly by inhalation of aerosolized droplets of saliva, respiratory secretions, urine, or blood from infected rodents.[2] Person-to-person spread is possible, but uncommon.

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      Treatment and prevention for the VHF virus are limited and there are currently no licensed vaccines available that can act to prevent the disease [4] . However, once infected, Ribavirin, an anti-viral drug given intravenously, is one way to treat VHF.

      I want 1 less Tiny Coffin, Why Don't You? Support The President's Gun Violence Plan.

      by JML9999 on Mon Mar 25, 2013 at 09:20:35 PM PDT

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