Vial of deadly virus goes missing from Texas laboratory


Galveston, Texas — 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.

The University of Texas Medical Branch said Saturday that there was no breach in the security its Galveston National Laboratory and no indication of wrongdoing. Officials suspect the missing vial containing the Guanarito virus was destroyed during the lab’s cleaning process but the investigation continues.  

The medical 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.

3 thoughts on “Vial of deadly virus goes missing from Texas laboratory

  1. If this vial was destroyed during a cleaning process then they are incompetent. Somebody should be fired and held on some charges. This kind of crap goes on far to many times. No threat to the public?, yea right them jokers. The time is close for us all to meet our maker when they make excuses for these irresponsibe clowns.

  2. ” there’s no reason to believe there’s a threat to the public.”

    I guess that’s because people with the best of intentions steal deadly viruses all the time.

  3. I suppose the lock just sort of picked itself open and fell on the floor and the vial fell out before the lock bounced back up and latched itself back on the hasp :). Psycho bullshit.
    This is why morons should be forbidden from running for elected positions.

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