April 23, 2009

U.S. Army: Missing virus samples potentially deadly

Per CNN, the U.S. Army is investigating the apparent disappearance of three virus samples from Fort Detrick in Frederick, Md. The vials that went missing contain samples of Venezuelan Equine Encephaliti and are potentially deadly to both horses and humans.

American Twitterers welcomed the news with sarcasm.

  1. Bo Howe
    cinebo (San Antonio, Texas) Well that's always a sentence U wanna hear...RT @cnn: Virus samples missing from lab, Army says http://tinyurl.com/dbw6pc
  2. Jonathan Hutson
    JonHutson (Cambridge, Mass.) Just. Stay. Calm. DoNotPanic. Yet. US Army: 3 vials of virus samples missing from Ft. Detrick http://alturl.com/epyc (via @lsaldanamd)
  3. Robin Z.
    firepile (Wisconsin) CNN gives the first hint of the 12 Monkeys apocalypse: "Army: 3 vials of virus samples missing from Maryland facility" Just AWESOME.
  4. Christine
    chrissytinne (Washington, D.C.) I feel like the army is the type of institution that cant just be like oops! missing a deadly virus! no worries http://tiny.cc/79gVh

At least one Twitterer wondered if there's a connection between this story and the mysterious deaths of 21 horses in Florida, also being reported by CNN today.

  1. Enrique Bosquet
    ElChingon (San Diego, Calif.) Deadly Equine Virus missing at Army lab: http://tinyurl.com/cun4hd 21 horses died this weekend: http://tinyurl.com/da6y8n -connection?hmmm?

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