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Lab loses 2,000 vials of deadly SARS virus


Posted on Thursday, 17 April, 2014 | Comment icon 19 comments

Where did the vials disappear to ? Image Credit: sxc.hu
France's Pasteur Institute revealed the blunder after it discovered that the vials had gone missing.
Authorities are now conducting a thorough investigation in to the incident to determine the whereabouts of the vials and how they managed to disappear.

The SARS (Severe acute respiratory syndrome) virus made global headlines back in 2003 when an outbreak in China resulted in more than 8,000 confirmed cases and 775 deaths across 37 countries.

While the contents of these particular vials are not believed to be dangerous on their own due to the fact that they only contain fragments of the virus, the main concern is that if these vials can go missing so easily then what would happen if something far more deadly were to be misplaced ?

"It reminds us that each and every lab must have rigorous safety procedures," said Dr. William Schaffner. "People must be trained, and there has to be good supervision."

Source: ABC News | Comments (19)

Tags: SARS, Virus

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #10 Posted by toast on 17 April, 2014, 20:46
Except for the possibility that if stolen they could be engineered to pose a threat to us. It`s not like LEGO. Forgetting all that though, what I would like to know iswhy people handling dangerous viruses. The handling of viruses and infectious substances is required within clinical trials, scientific research and diagnostics. Weren't properly trained or why there wasn't proper securitywith these sorts of things. You can be sure that the Standard Operation Procedures are well-defined but the reality does not always reflect the SOPs contents.
Comment icon #11 Posted by Kenemet on 17 April, 2014, 23:16
But I see a general problem here that was uncovered by the published incident. 2.000 vials of a biological substance went missing Not 2,000. Check the link I posted. 29 vials containing 2,000 fragments.
Comment icon #12 Posted by toast on 18 April, 2014, 0:06
Not 2,000. Check the link I posted. 29 vials containing 2,000 fragments. I added my post after your 2nd post and there was/is no need for an update of my post as the numbers mentioned in the media still vary. Anyway, it is unlikely that the number of virus fragments has been counted based on the fact that the dims of a virus are approx 50nm (0,00005mm). But the numbers are not the key issue here so nitpicking will not make anyone smarter.
Comment icon #13 Posted by AliveInDeath7 on 18 April, 2014, 3:38
Loses? ok. Those freaks need to be psychologically evaluated and so much more. I'm pretty damn sure it was stolen, it's not just teleporting.
Comment icon #14 Posted by third_eye on 18 April, 2014, 3:41
the viruses grew legs and walked out in protest ... only 29 vials ???? ~ I wonder what kind of damage just one vial can do ~
Comment icon #15 Posted by Jyre Cayce on 18 April, 2014, 7:31
must be ghosts!!
Comment icon #16 Posted by JustTerri on 18 April, 2014, 18:20
I think that if they can lose those so easily then they need to do something about how they contain things...security? What about the other dangerous things that is there? What's going to go missing next?
Comment icon #17 Posted by FizzPuff on 21 April, 2014, 0:31
*sigh*Who was on charge that night? Have they been fired(Hopefully)And how do you loose stuff like this?It really boggles my mind.
Comment icon #18 Posted by CJ1983 on 23 April, 2014, 18:39
well that's just great.
Comment icon #19 Posted by Child of Bast on 23 April, 2014, 21:43
Mark my words, stolen vials of something will be the thing that causes the zombie apocalypse. Well off to get prepared, good luck everyone. It was nice knowing you. :w00t: :w00t:


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