Mike Coston at Avian Flu Diary writes: FDA Statement On Additional 300 Vials Discovered At NIH Campus Lab. The story keeps getting worse, but it's no doubt providing screenwriters with premises for yet more zombie movies. Excerpt:
Just hours after the House subcommittee hearing on lapses at the CDC labs involving anthrax and avian H5N1 influenza, the FDA has announced details on roughly 300 vials of improperly stored pathogens that were recovered from the same cold storage room on the NIH campus where 6 vials of smallpox were discovered a couple of weeks ago (see CDC Media Statement on Newly Discovered Smallpox Specimens).
Among these latest discoveries are vials marked as containing such diverse pathogens as dengue, influenza, Q fever, and rickettsia, and are believed to date back 50 years or more.
While we were aware that additional vials were discovered at the time of the announcement regarding the smallpox discovery, today’s announcement from the FDA provides additional details.
It's bad enough that the US military occasionally drops an H-bomb where a detonation isn't wanted, or lets a missile blow up in its silo. But we expect better from the CDC.