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WHO Alert:Labs Urged To Destroy Pandemic Flu Strain (moved from ATSNN)

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posted on Apr, 12 2005 @ 08:40 PM
The World Health Organisation is urging laboratories around the world to immediately destroy vials of influenza sent out in mistake by a US company. The vials contain samples of the strain that caused the 1957 influenza pandemic which killed between 1-4 million people worldwide. Almost 99%of the recipient laboratories are in the US. Another 61 samples of the virus were sent to laboratories in Asia, Europe, the Middle-East and South America.
Thousands of scientists were scrambling today at the urging of global health authorities to destroy vials of a pandemic flu strain sent to labs in 18 countries as part of routine testing.

The rush, urged by the World Health Organisation, was sparked by a slim, but real, risk that the samples, could spark a global flu epidemic. The vials of virus sent by a US company went to nearly 5,000 labs, mostly in the US, officials said.

The 1957 strain has not been included in the flu vaccine since 1968, and anyone born after that date has no immunity to it.

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.

Organisations, such as the Sunshine Project, have been warning for a long time that the next influenza pandemic may well come from a laboratory because pandemic strains are being needlessly recreated and dispersed.

Let's hope that this incident causes a reassessment of the way in which these dangerous pathogens are handled.

posted on Apr, 12 2005 @ 09:44 PM
Man, I read the title, and while I was waiting for it to load I was thinking 'man, they shouldn't destroy the flu viruses in labs, how's it ever gonna get out'

Yeesh. This is an incredible arguement for destroying all stocks. Humans are too stupid to work with it. Yikes.


posted on Apr, 12 2005 @ 09:45 PM
What kind of fools are working in those labs??? They better get their act together or millions of people will die from their mistakes.

posted on Apr, 12 2005 @ 09:57 PM
Sometimes one has to wonder about the relationship between corporate interests and the advancement of science as a blinding influence on good common sense.

Chaulk one up to blind stupidity.

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