Vial of extremely deadly virus goes missing from Texas laboratoryBy Mason White 5:45 AM March 27, 2013
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By: Moses Gold
(Scroll down for video) A deadly virus is now unaccounted for after going missing from a leading laboratory, according to press reports in Texas.
Authorities said that a bottle containing the virus that can cause hemorrhagic fever has disappeared from a research center in Galveston, but said there is no reason to believe that there is a threat to the public.
The University of Texas Medical Branch, said Saturday that there was no violation in the safety of the Galveston National Laboratory and there is no evidence of a crime. Authorities suspect the missing vial containing the Guanarito virus was destroyed during the cleaning process in the laboratory, but the investigation continues.
The medical branch said that the virus, a native of Venezuela, is transmitted only through contact with Venezuelan rats. It is not believed to be able to survive in United States rodents or to be transmitted from person to person.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was notified immediately after the vial was discovered missing Wednesday.
“Extra security measures will be put in place after this incident,” an official said.Mobile video not loading? Click here to view