Forgotten vials of smallpox found in storage room
A government scientist cleaning out an old storage room at a research center near Washington made a startling discovery last week — decades-old vials of smallpox packed away and forgotten in a cardboard box.Isn't that just swell? A disease with the potential to wipe out millions and they just forgot about it. Oopsie! Like it was an extra hard drive ordered by accident that got set aside, with every intention of returning it for a refund, only to sit for so long that it faded into the background.
The six glass vials were intact and sealed, and scientists have yet to establish whether the virus is dead or alive, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday.
Not, you know, like something with the potential to go very, very badly.
Back in the late 1970s, smallpox was declared beaten. It's been nearly 40 years - essentially two generations - since that declaration. Wonder how many vaccinations have been skipped/omitted in that time frame, given the miniscule attention span of the average human? Imagine if smallpox were to run rampant and claim another 100 million lives a year over the planet.
Now imagine the entry-level dweeb that lost these vials...
That is all.