Texas lab investigates missing zoonotic virus

03/25/2013 | Inquisitr, The

Last week, lab workers at the University of Texas Medical Branch reported a missing vial of Guanarito virus, which causes the potentially deadly illness known as Venezuelan hemorrhagic fever. The disease caused 618 human illnesses in Venezuela between 1989 and 2006 and is transmitted from certain rodents to humans via aerosol inhalation. Officials think the vial was not stolen but instead was misplaced and likely destroyed during routine lab procedures, but they are investigating.

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