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A brief, terrifying history of viruses escaping from labs: 70s Chinese pandemic was a lab mistake
National Post [Canada] / Slate ^ | April 11, 2014 | Martin Furmanski

Posted on 04/12/2014 7:23:32 PM PDT by canuck_conservative

....Virologists, using serologic and early genetic tests, soon began to suggest the cause of the reappearance was a laboratory escape of a 1949-50 virus, and as genomic techniques advanced, it became clear that this was true. By 2010, researchers published it as fact: “The most famous case of a released laboratory strain is the re-emergent H1N1 influenza-A virus which was first observed in China in May of 1977 and in Russia shortly thereafter.” The virus may have escaped from a lab attempting to prepare an attenuated H1N1 vaccine in response to the U.S. swine flu pandemic alert.....

In 2007, Foot and Mouth Disease appeared again in Britain, 4 kilometers from a biosafety level 4 laboratory—a designation indicating the highest level of lab security—located at Pirbright. The strain had caused a 1967 outbreak in the United Kingdom but was not then circulating in animals anywhere. It was, however, used in vaccine manufacture at the Pirbright facility. Investigations concluded that construction vehicles had carriedmud contaminated with FMD from a defective wastewater line at Pirbright to the first farm. That outbreak identified 278 infected animals and required 1,578 animals to be culled. It disrupted U.K. agricultural production and exports and cost an estimated 200 million pounds.

Federal law bans FMD virus from the continental United States, and it is held only at the U.S. Department of Agriculture Plum Island facility off Long Island, N.Y. Currently, however, its replacement, the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility, is under construction in Manhattan, Kan., under the aegis of the Department of Homeland Security. Moving FMD research to the agricultural heartland of the United States was opposed by many groups, including the Government Accountability Office, but Homeland Security decided on the Kansas location. In upgrading facilities to counter the threat of agro-bioterrorism, the department is increasing the risk....

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: laboratory; pandemic; pathogen; virus
More common than we think (or want to think).
1 posted on 04/12/2014 7:23:32 PM PDT by canuck_conservative
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To: canuck_conservative

Ooopsie...


2 posted on 04/12/2014 7:31:57 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: canuck_conservative
Deadly H5N1 bird flu needs just 5 mutations to spread easily in people

It’s a flu virus so deadly that scientists once halted research on the disease because governments feared it might be used by terrorists to stage a biological attack.

3 posted on 04/12/2014 7:31:58 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: canuck_conservative

Remember the accidental release of SMALLPOX back in 1978 England?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Janet_Parker


4 posted on 04/12/2014 7:32:03 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Sometimes you need 7+ more ammo. LOTS MORE.)
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To: canuck_conservative

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HPKk204nOTk


5 posted on 04/12/2014 7:32:14 PM PDT by vladimir998
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To: canuck_conservative

I sort of remember the Chinese-Soviet episode. I believe there was a report on AP or UPI (about all there was stateside then) about some kind of outbreak. Facts were sparse and detail non-existent. Further, I believe there was quite a bit of tension between the commie states at that time and skirmishes were not unknown. I always thought somebody deliberately used chemical agents and had some backdraft but, who knew?

Interesting - thanks!


6 posted on 04/12/2014 7:33:56 PM PDT by WorkingClassFilth
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To: canuck_conservative

The other factor is we assume all these things were accidental. We are dealing with govts here.


7 posted on 04/12/2014 7:36:50 PM PDT by Free Vulcan (Vote Republican! You can vote Democrat when you're dead...)
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To: canuck_conservative

Just take the secrets withheld from the public in an average season of “24” and double it, and you have the terrifying reality in which we live.


8 posted on 04/12/2014 7:42:54 PM PDT by montag813
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To: canuck_conservative

” Department of Homeland Security. Moving FMD research to the agricultural heartland of the United States ...”

No doubt overseen by Capt. Tripps...


9 posted on 04/12/2014 7:47:30 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart (How's that 'lesser evil' workin' out for ya?)
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To: canuck_conservative

The Big Bang Theory: Bernadette and her colleagues have a pact to never admit that they actually crossed Ebola with the common cold when a petri dish of a genetically modified super virus went missing.


10 posted on 04/12/2014 7:48:55 PM PDT by minnesota_bound
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To: canuck_conservative

Naaah:

I think the scariest lab boo-boo that killed a LOT of folks came at a Russian weapons lab:

They were working with weaponized anthrax and some vodka-addled worker forgot to replace some facility filters —devices that sealed the atmosphere inside the lab with the air of the nearby village.

Something over 200 bewildered civilians died, and the Soviet authorities lied their as*es off about it, of course.

Now our gummint is so dirty that I have NO DOUBT GayMuzzie’s henchmen would do the same thing...


11 posted on 04/12/2014 7:52:14 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: canuck_conservative
What could go wrong? Lassa Fever got away at Cornell University and killed an employee working on another floor away from where the virus was being studied. Ft. Dietrich in Maryland has enough lethal viruses and bacteria to eradicate the US; one loony tune with access to them could wreck havoc.
12 posted on 04/12/2014 7:55:25 PM PDT by vetvetdoug
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To: gaijin
I remember reading Ken Aibek’s account about the Sverdlovsk incident. Isn't the area downwind from the facility still sterile because of the H-4 strain that has been released there?
13 posted on 04/12/2014 7:59:58 PM PDT by vetvetdoug
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To: vetvetdoug

And I worked with quite a few loony tune MD/PhD’s when I worked in R&D.

It’s just a matter of time.


14 posted on 04/12/2014 8:01:01 PM PDT by Black Agnes
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To: vetvetdoug

Exactly correct —I, too, read Alibek’s book with considerable consternation.

I vaguely remember that the Soviets had built the Sverdlvosk facility using plans captured from the Japanese Unit 731, who had a very advanced bio program there until being displaced by the invading Soviets.

In that incident they’d had been playing around with their most powerful strain of Anthrax:

The tech who had removed the filters did make a notation in the logbooks, but it went un-noticed by the supervisor in charge of the next shift of workers.

They simply turned all the fans with effectively no barrier to the outside world.

Across a nearby river from the lab was a ceramic factory crowded with innocent workers, and within a week all those who’d inhaled even the tiniest particles were all dead.

They blamed it all on “infected meat” or something.


15 posted on 04/12/2014 8:13:54 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: gaijin

Whoops!

I left out that Unit 731 had been in MANCHURIA, and was displaced from there by the Sovs.

Sorry.


16 posted on 04/12/2014 8:16:10 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: Paladin2

Just how do you say, “Ooops!” in Mandarin?


17 posted on 04/12/2014 8:26:44 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

The problem is that they are apparently not the only ones to slip up.


18 posted on 04/12/2014 8:33:44 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Paladin2

You want egg roll with the Flu?


19 posted on 04/12/2014 9:30:25 PM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: Paladin2

You want egg roll with the Flu?


20 posted on 04/12/2014 9:30:25 PM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: MadMax, the Grinning Reaper

Yeah, I’ll take a Big Breakfast....


21 posted on 04/12/2014 9:31:50 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: canuck_conservative
1975 BBC series "Survivors" season 1.
22 posted on 04/12/2014 10:02:10 PM PDT by fella ("As it was before Noah so shall it be again,")
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To: canuck_conservative

There is, or was, an island named Vozrozhdeniya in the Aral Sea wherein certain experiments were conducted. I say “was” because due to the other idiotic environmental projects the Soviets conducted, that “island” now has a land bridge. And so anything that was on it, now can be ferried off by any animals who carry it. And has been. Pleasant dreams.


23 posted on 04/12/2014 10:14:15 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Jack Hydrazine
哎 呀
24 posted on 04/12/2014 10:21:42 PM PDT by logi_cal869
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To: Jack Hydrazine
Pronounced:

āi​ yā​

LOL

25 posted on 04/12/2014 10:24:13 PM PDT by logi_cal869
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To: canuck_conservative

A Resident Evil plot. Also 28 days later plot.


26 posted on 04/12/2014 11:08:56 PM PDT by RginTN
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To: canuck_conservative

“I’m “really good at killing people.”


27 posted on 04/13/2014 3:42:53 AM PDT by Oratam
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To: Billthedrill
Vozrozhdeniya

I read there was an extremely high incidence in the feral animal population of Francisella tulerensis near that island, almost epidemic in nature.

28 posted on 04/13/2014 6:35:02 AM PDT by vetvetdoug
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To: 2ndreconmarine; Fitzcarraldo; Covenantor; Mother Abigail; EBH; Dog Gone; ...

Ping! (Thanks, canuck_conservative!)


29 posted on 04/13/2014 7:20:30 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: canuck_conservative
"In 1976, H1N1 swine influenza virus struck Fort Dix, N.J., causing 13 hospitalizations and one death. The specter of a reprise of the deadly 1918 pandemic triggered an unprecedented effort to immunize all Americans. No swine H1N1 pandemic materialized, however, and complications of immunization truncated the program after 48 million immunizations, which eventually caused 25 deaths."

We are from the Gov't lab that poisoned you, We are here to help.

30 posted on 04/13/2014 7:37:30 AM PDT by Delta 21 (Its my freedom. YES. I will be keeping it.)
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To: Smokin' Joe

Thanks for the ping!


31 posted on 04/13/2014 7:48:12 AM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: canuck_conservative; 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...

32 posted on 04/13/2014 9:46:02 AM PDT by null and void (The British declared war on the Tea Party. The Tea Party won! (Thanks mom!))
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To: vetvetdoug
” Ft. Dietrich in Maryland has enough lethal viruses and bacteria to eradicate the US; one loony tune with access to them could wreck havoc.”

I read an article in Washingtonian magazine back in the 70’s Ft. Dietrich had an incident with variant of SV-40 (Simian vacuolating virus 40). A worker, Asa Gordon, stumbled in the parking lot on the way in and scuffed his knuckle, breaking the skin and causing a slight abrasion. He worked with the virus in a containment chamber via arm long gloves. After he left work a routine safety check detected a break in the gloves and traces of human blood. The race was on to find who worked that station.

In the meantime Asa went home and got ready to go to a group dinner at a local restaurant. He already was starting to feel “funny”.When he got there the restaurant was closed and the manager met him at the door and said the dinner was canceled and he should go home. He went home and started to get sick. He called for medical help and was taken to a hospital in Frederick MD. He was gravely ill at that time.

Government personnel showed up and had the floor he was on evacuated and all nurses and doctors checked for any symptoms. His room was sealed and two technicians monitored his conditions remotely till he died. His body was sealed in a special container. All equipment in the room had similar treatment. The floor and walls were pulled off and taken away to be incinerated.

While the Washingtonian magazine was doing research about the story all records of Asa Gordon were systematically destroyed. When they first started there were no records beyond the 6th grade. After that even those records disappeared. I believe someone at the hospital tipped the magazine about him. From time of contamination to death by a raging cancer seems to be about 48hrs. Apparently the virus wasn't airborne and only transmitted by contact with body fluids, similar to Ebola

I am taking this from memory so my time line may be off a bit but the name and the virus are correct.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SV40

33 posted on 04/13/2014 10:27:55 AM PDT by Polynikes (What would Walt Kowalski do. In the meantime "GET OFF MY LAWN")
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To: Alamo-Girl

You’re Welcome, Alamo-Girl!


34 posted on 04/13/2014 11:15:02 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: canuck_conservative

FMD is in North America. My grandfather remembered it.

We just shut up and shovel better.


35 posted on 04/13/2014 1:05:01 PM PDT by redgolum ("God is dead" -- Nietzsche. "Nietzsche is dead" -- God.)
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To: MadMax, the Grinning Reaper

Egg Flu Young?


36 posted on 04/13/2014 1:06:46 PM PDT by AppyPappy
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

There are issues involving frozen bodies in the tundra and possible exposure to things like Spanish Flu and Smallpox


37 posted on 04/13/2014 1:08:26 PM PDT by AppyPappy
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