Smallpox samples are found in FDA storage room in Maryland

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 10 July 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g4545
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. 1Seattle

Vials containing samples of the smallpox virus have been found in a storage room in a US Food and Drug Administration laboratory in Bethesda, Maryland, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on 8 July.

FDA scientists found the vials, labeled “variola,” on 1 July while preparing to move the laboratory to a new facility. The vials, which were reported to date from the 1950s, were immediately moved to a containment laboratory in Bethesda, the CDC said. “There …

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