3/26/2013

Hemorrhagic fever virus missing from BSL-4 laboratory (Virology blog, March 26 2013)

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Hemorrhagic fever virus missing from BSL-4 laboratory

‎26 March ‎2013 | Vincent Racaniello

One of five vials of Guanarito virus is missing from the Galveston National Laboratory, which houses a BSL-4 laboratory designed to safely study the most dangerous pathogens. Guanarito virus is a member of the family Arenaviridae, which includes enveloped viruses with a segmented, negative-strand RNA genome. It is found in Venezuela where it is transmitted to humans from rats.

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