The lab in Texas that lost vials of virus last year now have company.
A French lab has lost more than 3,000 vials containing fragments of the deadly SARS virus, which killed nearly a thousand people ten years ago in a worldwide epidemic.
The Pasteur Institute in Paris, France announced this week that 'it realized it was missing the vials and contacted the country's National Security Agency of Medicines and Health Products to conduct an investigation on April 8, according to a news release.'
It also consulted with the lab in Texas over their loss. It hasn't been recovered although it has been played down, was what they were told.
Although the fragments are not necessarily dangerous, they do show our concerns by revealing both lab's vulnerability, said Dr. William Schaffner, chair of preventive medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn.
"My main worry is not so much about these but those that HAVEN'T been reported. Some places are scared they will be shut down so they say nothing and it turns out to be a lot more dangerous than these two big bunglings."
"What if a terrorist group has enough knowledge to place enough together for a national, even a world plague."
"What do we do? Increase security and try even harder for a vaccine or something to stop it."