‘Smallpox’ vials found in US lab point to virus leak risks

eAwaz Health

Washington – Several vials, labelled as “smallpox” and accidentally found at a laboratory in Pennsylvania, USA, raised alarm for threats of a virus leak to public health, local media has reported. A laboratory worker found 15 vials while cleaning out a freezer in a facility that conducts vaccine research outside Philadelphia, with five labelled “smallpox” and 10 as “vaccinia”, Xinhua news agency reported. The CDC, however, said it found no evidence the vials contained the variola virus, and there was no indication that lab workers or the public had been exposed to the contents.