As if we don't have enough to worry about already.......
Vial Of Potentially Deadly Virus Missing From Texas Lab
The missing vial contained a strain of Guanarito virus. The virus is an arenavirus, one that can infect rodents and then be transferred to humans. The zoonotic disease, first identified in 1989, is responsible for Venezuelan hemorrhagic fever (VHF), which was most prevalent in rural areas of central Venezuela from 1989 to 2006 when it presented with 618 cases.
The virus does not pose a great public threat as it is rare for the disease to pass from human-to-human contact. However, it is still concerning a virus can go missing from a secure laboratory environment.
Once lab officials at the UTMB realized one of the five stored vials was missing they contacted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The Texas facility did not appear to have a breach or break-in, nor have any other materials gone missing under suspicious circumstances.
They do not believe at this time that the vial was stolen but assume it was likely misplaced. Officials also surmise the virus was likely destroyed during the normal laboratory decontamination and cleaning process, but the investigation is ongoing. This is the first time any vial containing a select agent has been unaccounted for at UTMB.