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Texas Biolab Loses Deadly Guanarito Virus
abcnews ^ | 3.25.2013 | By SYDNEY LUPKIN

Posted on 03/25/2013 8:57:36 PM PDT by dragnet2

The Galveston National Laboratory lost one of five vials containing a deadly Venezuelan virus, according to the University of Texas Medical Branch, which owns the $174 million facility designed with the strictest security measures to hold the deadliest viruses in the country.

Like Ebola, the missing Guanarito virus causes hemorrhagic fever, an illness named for "bleeding under the skin, in internal organs or from body orifices like the mouth, eyes, or ears," according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"This is clearly an incident that is very discomforting and embarrassing to the University of Texas Medical Center and their national biosecurity lab that they have there,"

"The mortality is anywhere from at least 10 to 20 percent or slightly more," Kurilla told ABCNews.com, adding that there is no treatment or cure for Guanarito. "That is considered very, very severe if you have a 1 in 5 chance of dying without anything to do for the person other than provide supportive hospital care."

The Galveston researchers were conducting a routine inspection on March 20 and 21 when they noticed there were only four Guanarito vials instead of five.

(Excerpt) Read more at abcnews.go.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bioterrorism; disease; ebola; fataldisease; guanarito; missing; virus
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To: dragnet2

I’ve been fearing that Obama was preparing to signal Hamas and Hezbollah sleeper cells to initiate biological attacks. We’ll see what comes of this...


21 posted on 03/26/2013 3:02:32 AM PDT by butterdezillion (,)
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To: butterdezillion

BINGO!


22 posted on 03/26/2013 3:15:37 AM PDT by carriage_hill (The most insidious power the news media has, is the power to ignore.)
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To: Marcella

That’s just great. Get on Hwy. 45 in Galveston and head north 100 miles and there I am.”

There are just a whole lot of us stuck in the 100 miles between this lab and you. UTMB was closed for quite a while and they were pretty successful at remaining out of the press limelight after Ike. Nurse I know who worked there pre-Ike said we would be amazed at what all was not found after Ike hit.

Don’t know if you remember the flood of 2001 in the Med Center when we had something like 40 inches of rain with Allison. All kinds of stuff was in the basement of the medical buildings and ended up floating all through the sewer and bayou system.


23 posted on 03/26/2013 3:16:55 AM 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: gleeaikin

Pity nobody knows for certain what happened. Does not say good things about control factors on these supposedly controlled items.


24 posted on 03/26/2013 5:01:02 AM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: dragnet2

Probably just transferred to al Qaeda as part of the
MANPAD and other tech-transfer by Obama/Holder/Clinton.


25 posted on 03/26/2013 5:03:32 AM PDT by Diogenesis (De Oppresso Liber)
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To: dragnet2
Why doesn't anyone point out the upside of this report?

After all, there's four vials of deadly virus they didn't lose!

26 posted on 03/26/2013 5:52:55 AM PDT by Moltke ("I am Dr. Sonderborg," he said, "and I don't want any nonsense.")
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To: butterdezillion

I’ve been fearing that Obama was preparing to signal Hamas and Hezbollah sleeper cells to initiate biological attacks.

This is what concerns me more than Homeland Security buying bullets. Americans have enough ammo to shoot every HS employee 50,000 times, but Americans don’t have an easy defense against weaponized swine flu or smallpox.

These Nazis in Washington wouldn’t hesitate killing 100 million Americans with biological warfare, IMO. The only viable defense we have against this is the Defense Intelligence Agency which can connect the dots in a biological attack.


27 posted on 03/26/2013 6:50:08 AM PDT by sergeantdave
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To: dragnet2
How many times do we have to tell people not to leave dangerous pathogens on the windowsill to cool? Especially if the vial is shaped like a pie. Stooges have been known to take them.
28 posted on 03/26/2013 7:02:52 AM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult (Liberals make unrealistic demands on reality and reality doesn't oblige them.)
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To: immadashell

I would think that would be one of the wost places to be during a real zombie outbreak. Cast members and crewmen would think it was all fake until it was too late.


29 posted on 03/26/2013 7:06:29 AM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult (Liberals make unrealistic demands on reality and reality doesn't oblige them.)
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To: dragnet2

It wasn’t lost.

It was stolen.


30 posted on 03/26/2013 7:08:50 AM PDT by P-Marlowe (There can be no Victory without a fight and no battle without wounds.)
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To: BigCinBigD

LOL!


31 posted on 03/26/2013 7:28:47 AM PDT by TEXOKIE (We must surrender only to our Holy God and never to the evil that has befallen us.)
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To: Frank_2001
The guy at Ft. Hood comes to mind.... No doubt the government down there made sure the lab was made up of 20% Muslim.

This is how universities operate..At the pleasure of the government.

32 posted on 03/26/2013 8:04:57 AM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: Secret Agent Man; Admin Moderator

Well what’s interesting is this was posted as part of “Front page” news, and one of the nanny moderators didn’t like it so they took it out.

Yet this below remains in Front page section and is accepted...yuk yuk..

“”Hiker and dog save man trapped for days in hole on California mountain””


33 posted on 03/26/2013 8:11:10 AM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: Marcella
Anyway, I didn't know there was such a lab there. A hurricane coming into Galveston could tear the building to pieces and a number of those buildings were flooded due to Ike. I think that's a poor place to have deadly diseases.

Never thought of that...I guess a hurricane could blow those deadly cooties all the way up into Oklahoma.

34 posted on 03/26/2013 8:23:52 AM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: Hillarys Gate Cult

Look, it was just lost, a simple mistake...Haven’t you ever misplaced your car keys or forgot to turn off the sprinklers?


35 posted on 03/26/2013 9:06:03 AM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: sergeantdave

I was afraid that the Hamas and Heabollah operatives that were flown in direct unchecked flights from Iran to Venezuela would have brought biological weapons with them. And they may have. Or the Obama regime may be providing the goods for them...

Can the butterfly drones disperse biological agents?


36 posted on 03/26/2013 12:17:35 PM PDT by butterdezillion (,)
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To: sergeantdave

Ooh. I just noticed again. This is a disease from VENEZUELA. Where the Hamas and Hezbollah operatives were shipped to, from Iran...


37 posted on 03/26/2013 12:19:16 PM PDT by butterdezillion (,)
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To: Marcella
I worked at UTMB for several years before retiring. The National Lab was built there specifically for the purpose of housing deadly viruses for research. It is built to withstand a Cat 5 Hurricane and was probably the only building on campus to suffer little or no damage from Hurricane Ike.

The lab is there because of politics and location. The fact that Galveston is a barrier island allows for easy cut-off from the mainland in the event of the release of a deadly biological agent. All that needs to be done is stop the ferries running to Bolivar, close I-45 at the causeway bridge and and the train tracks, and to the west, close San Luis Pass. The only other way off the island is to swim the Gulf. Anybody on the island at the time of such a release will be quarantined until the risk is cleared.

They did have problems with lab security when I was there. I worked in an area where my team and I would need to go into the lab on a regular basis. They also have a large foreign student population which is worrisome. The folks who work on campus found out about this about the same time as the general public did. The folks running the National Lab of course knew because of the inspection.

The stories they are putting out there are ridiculous. Galveston is a port city. If they have Venezuelan ships in in port, they most likely will have Venezuelan rats. Also, what mechanism keeps other rats exposed to the virus from being infected? How can they be sure? The plague was thought at one time to be confined to rats and not transmittable to other species. This whole thing has cover-up written all over it, especially the story that the vial could have stuck to someone's glove and been accidentally disposed of. There will be more coming out of this.

38 posted on 03/26/2013 2:12:16 PM PDT by texgal (end no-fault divorce laws return DUE PROCESS & EQUAL PROTECTION to ALL citizens))
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To: texgal
“There will be more coming out of this.”

Thanks for posting. I know the exits off the island you are talking about. My husband was a Vice-Pres. of American National Insurance, worked for them 30 years. Yes, that Am. Natl. building is the tall one in Galveston. I was in and around Galveston many years. For a number of months I worked for a doctor at UTMB doing research for a psychological test that was being developed for children with ADD.

I didn't know the building you are talking about would withstand a 5 hurricane. I did know there was flooding in those UTMB buildings from Ike. Perhaps the bldg. you are talking about was somehow built to prevent its flooding.

I was thinking the bldg. could get damaged and have those deadly mixtures in them from a hurricane so it was bad to have them in Galveston. I see where you are coming from to have a strong building and put the deadly stuff on that island so the island could be quarantined.

The article said UTMB people think the vial was thrown away, but you are doubting that. Since you worked there, you should know how possible that is and you don't think it was thrown away. Add to that Galveston is a port city with ships in and out. Bring bad guys in and they get off the ship and they are here.

Well, heck, I was going to stop thinking about that missing vial but, due to you, I can't. I wonder if we would be notified if they did find out it was stolen. I would bet the govn. wouldn't tell us.

39 posted on 03/26/2013 2:49:17 PM PDT by Marcella (Prepping can save your life today. Going Galt is freedom.)
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To: butterdezillion; Marcella; texgal

“Where the Hamas and Hezbollah operatives were shipped to, from Iran...”

Yeh, okay. Now we’re talking about the asymmetrical warfare group, a wing of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Qods Force. Known as Unit 400, these elite killers are under the command of Iran Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. Rumors were rampant that these killers passed through our southern border.

Let me bring in Marcella and texgal to see if they can add anything to our conversation.


40 posted on 03/26/2013 3:48:09 PM PDT by sergeantdave
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