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NEWS: Two shipments of deadly flu missing

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posted on Apr, 15 2005 @ 03:20 PM
The World Health Organization is requesting thousands of labs in 18 different countries to destroy the 50 year old samples of the deadly influenza virus, H2N2, in order to avoid a global epidemic should any of the samples be released. Two thirds of the virus have been destroyed so far, but 2 shipments have been lost on their way to Mexico and Lebanon. Some beleive that the shipments were never sent in the first place, but the whereabouts are still unknown. According to WHO influenza chief, Klaus Stohr, they do not know how the shipments were lost, but the retreival "is ranking very high on our 'to do' list".
GENEVA - Health experts have destroyed two-thirds of the specimens of a killer influenza virus sent as part of routine test kits around the world, but were still trying to trace two shipments that were supposed to go to Mexico and Lebanon, U.N. officials said Friday.

The World Health Organization has been urging thousands of labs in 18 countries which received vials of the nearly 50-year-old H2N2 virus to destroy the samples amid fears of a global pandemic should the virus be released.

WHO influenza chief Klaus Stohr said 10 of the countries which had received samples had confirmed their labs had destroyed the virus. Labs in Lebanon and Mexico, however, “never received the specimen even though they were on the distribution list,” Stohr said.

The five other countries with labs that received the kits were Saudi Arabia, Bermuda, Brazil, Israel and Japan. Stohr said Saudi Arabia had five labs with samples; four had already completed the destruction of the virus.

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Faulty transportation of deadly virus's seem to be making alot of headline news lately. Recent reports of dangerous virus samples being sent FedEx almost escaped from the truck carrying them:

"Last month, a FedEx truck carrying five boxes of samples of anthrax, flu, tuberculosis, salmonella and E. coli collided with a car in Winnipeg. None of the dangerous germs escaped.

In 2003, a FedEx package containing West Nile virus exploded at the Port Columbus International Airport in Ohio. Firefighters suspected dry ice caused it to burst open. No one was injured, but 50 workers had to be evacuated."

IMO, future biological threats will become much more mainstream unless some serious security measures begin to take place.

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posted on Apr, 15 2005 @ 03:37 PM
Strange to say I wonder why Bush signed a law making it possible to quarantine people with the flu.

Executive Order: Amendment to E.O. 13295 Relating to Certain Influenza Viruses and Quarantinable Communicable Diseases

HHS Awards $97 Million Contract to Develop Cell Culture-Based Influenza Vaccine
Effort Designed to Diversify and Accelerate Vaccine Production to Enhance Pandemic Preparedness

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posted on Apr, 15 2005 @ 04:26 PM
The virus shipments are lost for the same reason that the US's southern border is poorly guarded, and for the same reason that NORAD was stood down on 9-11. Simple. It makes it easier to manufacture disaster that way. Can't have procedure and effective policy getting in the way of state-sponsored terror.

posted on Apr, 15 2005 @ 04:43 PM
Tacky wcip, just tacky

I'll bet the 'lost' microbes were sold for big bux. Look for some terrorist cell to either:
    brag about infecting a lot of people
    call in sick

posted on Apr, 15 2005 @ 04:50 PM

Tacky wcip, just tacky

Thanks for the encouragement. I do try.

posted on Apr, 16 2005 @ 07:09 AM
I heard that news report as well..
Two were missing..
The announcer went on to say that the other
labs "SAID" they destroyed the samples..
Thats it..The labs just said they did it..
I guess we'll take their word for it..

posted on Apr, 26 2009 @ 12:58 PM
the shipment that was supposed to go to mexico went missing, and now we have the swine flu there. hmm, im just sayin.

posted on Apr, 26 2009 @ 01:02 PM
That's so crazy, how the feck can you LOSE two shipments of a lethal virus, it beggars belief

posted on Apr, 26 2009 @ 01:03 PM
reply to post by elusivetruth

This is a four year old thread/story.

Tenuous connection at best IMO not to mention we are talking about a different strain altogether.

[edit on 26 Apr 09 by Gools]


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