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Missing virus vial raises concerns at UTMB facility (hemorrhagic fever)
Houston Chronicle ^ | 3/24/13 | Erin Mulvaney

Posted on 03/24/2013 5:28:52 PM PDT by markomalley

A vial containing a potentially harmful virus has gone missing from a laboratory at the University of Texas Medical Branch, officials said.

The missing vial, which contains less than a quarter of a teaspoon an infectious disease, had been stored in a locked freezer, designed to handle biological material safely, within the Galveston National Laboratory on UTMB's campus, officials said. During a routine internal inspection last week, UTMB officials realized one vial of a virus called Guanarito was not accounted for at the facility.

Scott Weaver, the laboratory's scientific director, said Guanarito is an emerging disease that has caused deadly diseases in Venezuela. The federal government prioritizes it for research because it has the potential to be used a weapon for terrorists.

On Tuesday, an investigator discovered that only four out of five vials were stored of the virus in the grid system. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was notified immediately.

Lab officials searched but has not been able to locate the other vial.

(Excerpt) Read more at chron.com ...


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: hemorrhagicfever; microbiology
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Obviously caused by sequestration.
1 posted on 03/24/2013 5:28:52 PM PDT by markomalley
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2 posted on 03/24/2013 5:31:04 PM PDT by Arthurio
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To: markomalley
Uh-oh. Did someone in the zero admin read Tom Clancy's Executive Orders and think, "Hey! What a neat way to declare a national martial law! Let's do it!!"? I wouldn't put it past that loose screw himself.....
3 posted on 03/24/2013 5:38:39 PM PDT by jeffc (The U.S. media are our enemy)
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To: markomalley

Good grief! This is where I got my degree in nursing!


4 posted on 03/24/2013 5:42:04 PM PDT by basil (basil, 2ASisters.org)
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To: markomalley
We were warned of the hazzards of “Gone to Rita” in those training films many years ago.
5 posted on 03/24/2013 5:44:43 PM PDT by bitterohiogunclinger (Proudly casting a heavy carbon footprint as I clean my guns ---)
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To: markomalley

You saw Fast & Furious, get ready for Fast & Virus.


6 posted on 03/24/2013 5:47:07 PM PDT by Jyotishi (Seeking the truth, a fact at a time.)
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To: markomalley

Any Muzzies work there?


7 posted on 03/24/2013 5:53:20 PM PDT by PAR35
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To: markomalley

bkmark


8 posted on 03/24/2013 5:54:31 PM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: PAR35

Probably, but this is Texas, so it’s obviously George Bush’s fault.


9 posted on 03/24/2013 6:05:00 PM PDT by Sioux-san
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To: markomalley; neverdem; ProtectOurFreedom; Mother Abigail; EBH; vetvetdoug; Smokin' Joe; ...
Bring Out Your Dead

Post to me or FReep mail to be on/off the Bring Out Your Dead ping list.

The purpose of the “Bring Out Your Dead” ping list (formerly the “Ebola” ping list) is very early warning of emerging pandemics, as such it has a high false positive rate.

So far the false positive rate is 100%.

At some point we may well have a high mortality pandemic, and likely as not the “Bring Out Your Dead” threads will miss the beginning entirely.

*sigh* Such is life, and death...

10 posted on 03/24/2013 6:36:21 PM PDT by null and void (If the government is so worried about civil disturbance, why are they working so hard to disturb us?)
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To: markomalley
i guess Gone Missing is newspeak for stolen...
11 posted on 03/24/2013 6:42:55 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: null and void
otta get a kick to nut-job now that Chavez is dead...

Guanarito is an emerging disease that has caused deadly diseases in Venezuela....The federal government prioritizes it

12 posted on 03/24/2013 6:46:46 PM PDT by bigheadfred
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To: null and void

Add me to your list please.


13 posted on 03/24/2013 6:54:26 PM PDT by sfimom
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To: markomalley
Officials suspect that the virus was likely destroyed during the normal laboratory decontamination and cleaning process

Of course, why didn't I think about that? /s

14 posted on 03/24/2013 6:57:58 PM PDT by Former Fetus (Saved by grace through faith)
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To: sfimom

null’s is the best ping list on FR. Except for LucyT’s. ;o)


15 posted on 03/24/2013 7:07:20 PM PDT by autumnraine (America how long will you be so deaf and dumb to thoe tumbril wheels carrying you to the guillotine?)
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To: sfimom

Done.


16 posted on 03/24/2013 7:12:16 PM PDT by null and void (If the government is so worried about civil disturbance, why are they working so hard to disturb us?)
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To: markomalley

Oh, I wouldn’t worry about it...


17 posted on 03/24/2013 7:12:45 PM PDT by muir_redwoods (Don't fire until you see the blue of their helmets)
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To: autumnraine
Awwwwwww... *blush*
18 posted on 03/24/2013 7:13:07 PM PDT by null and void (If the government is so worried about civil disturbance, why are they working so hard to disturb us?)
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To: basil

Good grief! This is where I got my degree in nursing!”

Good grief! That’s not far from where I live!


19 posted on 03/24/2013 7:28:26 PM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: Grams A

If you suddenly break out in boils and spurt blood from every fold, wrinkle and orifice, post a vanity to warn us wouldja?


20 posted on 03/24/2013 7:36:35 PM PDT by null and void (If the government is so worried about civil disturbance, why are they working so hard to disturb us?)
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To: null and void

That’s funny. And yes I have been known to have a sick sense of humor on occasion.


21 posted on 03/24/2013 8:00:23 PM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: muir_redwoods
As in?

I ain't got the money. What little I had is long gone, and there's bills aplenty to pay yet. I buried my mother today. Can't pay for that neither.

I wouldn't worry about it.


22 posted on 03/24/2013 8:01:47 PM PDT by FredZarguna (I ride around nights mostly...subways, buses...If I'm gonna do that I might as well get paid for it.)
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To: Grams A

Wow!


23 posted on 03/24/2013 8:14:08 PM PDT by basil (basil, 2ASisters.org)
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To: markomalley

What I’d like to know is just how long has it been missing, they just discovered it was missing last week? Don’t they have to “sign” in to get stuff out of the locked freezer?


24 posted on 03/24/2013 8:21:54 PM PDT by Shadowstrike (Be polite, Be professional, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet.)
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To: PAR35
Any Muzzies work there?

First thing that popped into my mind also.

25 posted on 03/24/2013 8:26:30 PM PDT by The Cajun (Sarah Palin, Mark Levin......Nuff said.)
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To: Former Fetus

“Officials suspect that the virus was likely destroyed during the normal laboratory decontamination and cleaning process”

Anyone with access to that sort of material sould have enough sense to have at least three sets of witnesses, signed & videotaped, to the destruction.

IF it happened!

Chain of custody. If my name is on the last custody or access document I’m going to make sure that I have PROOF that it was destroyed.

Anyone seen Sandy Berger lately?


26 posted on 03/24/2013 8:43:03 PM PDT by BwanaNdege ("To learn who rules over you simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize"- Voltaire)
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To: The Cajun

Or radicalized environmentalists.


27 posted on 03/24/2013 8:43:49 PM PDT by Trod Upon (Every penny given to film and TV media companies goes right into enemy coffers. Starve them out!)
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To: markomalley

A lost vial of a deadly virus? Could happen to anyone, and afterall, they still have four vials left.


28 posted on 03/24/2013 8:55:03 PM PDT by count-your-change (you don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough)
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To: basil; El Gato; Eaker; hocndoc; Squantos; SwinneySwitch; MeekOneGOP; weegee; lentulusgracchus; ...
Good grief! This is where I got my degree in nursing!

How did it get that name, University of Texas Medical Branch? Are there other branches?

29 posted on 03/24/2013 9:17:37 PM PDT by neverdem ( Xin loi min oi)
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To: neverdem

Thanks for the ping!


30 posted on 03/24/2013 9:22:02 PM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: neverdem

Yes—I think there is a branch in San Antone, and maybe one more somewhere.


31 posted on 03/24/2013 9:29:37 PM PDT by basil (basil, 2ASisters.org)
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To: markomalley

Not to worry. The article says that the virus is only transmitted by Venezuelan rats.

Whew! That makes me feel better. All my rats are bonafide Texans.

Seriously, everytime they cry “The sky is or might fall” over and over..the less people will pay attention when something really bad comes down the pike.


32 posted on 03/24/2013 9:30:45 PM PDT by berdie
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To: basil
I'm going to drink a beer and go to bed. God will sort the faithful.

I can't do much about it anyway. No sense in letting good beer go to waste.

/johnny

33 posted on 03/24/2013 9:31:29 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: basil

There is one in Galveston, I am pretty sure.


34 posted on 03/24/2013 10:00:10 PM PDT by berdie
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To: Chode

“BritSpeak” for “missing.”


35 posted on 03/24/2013 10:00:39 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: Chode

Brits do butcher the English language. For example, they drop the article “the”...e.g., “he’s at hospital.” Then they add the superfluous “gone” to “missing.” Go figure.


36 posted on 03/24/2013 10:02:14 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: jeffc

The man-made global warming chicken littles have voiced such solutions to the problem of “overpopulation.” I have often said that these research facilities should be careful of leftist scientists. They also have to be care of Muslims in Texas.


37 posted on 03/24/2013 10:08:04 PM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: markomalley

Has Apollo 13 called in?


38 posted on 03/24/2013 10:18:19 PM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: PAR35

I thought exactly the same thing, naturally, I’m an Islamophobe for the mere suggestion.


39 posted on 03/24/2013 10:21:29 PM PDT by wac3rd (Somewhere in Hell, Ted Kennedy snickers....)
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To: berdie

The UTMB that they are talking about is the one in Galveston.


40 posted on 03/24/2013 11:54:02 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: null and void

“I’m feeling bettah...”


41 posted on 03/25/2013 1:27:58 AM PDT by stevie_d_64 (It's not the color of one's skin that offends people...it's how thin it is.)
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“...Guanarito is an emerging disease...”

Ahhhhh, ok...Meaning they have no idea how to counteract the infection...

So why are we assuming that the story they say that it was destroyed in their normal disposal protocols???

Why are they claiming they destroying it??? Are they done figuring out this little bug??? Don’t hear a peep???


42 posted on 03/25/2013 1:35:26 AM PDT by stevie_d_64 (It's not the color of one's skin that offends people...it's how thin it is.)
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To: neverdem

http://www.utsystem.edu/institutions


43 posted on 03/25/2013 4:45:58 AM PDT by WCH
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To: markomalley

Let’s not skip over this factoid. It’s missing from a Federal lab on campus:

http://www.utmb.edu/gnl/about/index.shtml


44 posted on 03/25/2013 4:52:48 AM PDT by WCH
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Lab officials searched but has not been able to locate the other vial.

If they figure this out, it just may explain why socks disappear......

45 posted on 03/25/2013 4:53:44 AM PDT by Hot Tabasco
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To: berdie

Yes—I attended the Nursing School at UTMB-Galveston.


46 posted on 03/25/2013 5:31:10 AM PDT by basil (basil, 2ASisters.org)
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To: PAR35

I know prisoners are treated there...compliments of you and I ;)


47 posted on 03/25/2013 6:30:10 AM PDT by Jane Long (Background checks? Dandy idea, Mr. President. Shoulda started with yours. - Sarah Palin)
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To: null and void

Forgive me. Isn’t 100% false positive a good thing in this context?


48 posted on 03/25/2013 7:54:45 AM PDT by Silentgypsy (I must be all here, because everyone keeps telling me I'm not all there.)
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To: Hot Tabasco
may explain why socks disappear......

Allow me to elucidate. When socks go into the dryer, some quantum mechanics principle causes their mutation into wire hangers which subsequently appear in the closet Socks, therefore, are actually coat-hanger larvae.

49 posted on 03/25/2013 8:02:01 AM PDT by Silentgypsy (I must be all here, because everyone keeps telling me I'm not all there.)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom
except it's in Texas, from the Houston Chronicle... or are you saying the article was written by a Brit?
50 posted on 03/25/2013 8:37:07 AM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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