Mice Infected With Bubonic Plague Missing (3)

1 Name: Sling!XD/uSlingU 2005-09-16 14:32 ID:dW/4Sm8C

"NEWARK, N.J. -- Three mice infected with the bacteria responsible for bubonic plague apparently disappeared from a laboratory about two weeks ago, and authorities launched a search though health experts said there was scant public risk.

The mice were unaccounted-for at the Public Health Research Institute, which is on the campus of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and conducts bioterrorism research for the federal government."

2 Name: !WAHa.06x36 2005-09-16 17:56 ID:3I0sBeBb

> Globally, the World Health Organization reports 1,000 to 3,000 cases of plague every year. In North America, plague is found in certain animals and their fleas from the Pacific Coast to the Great Plains, and from southwestern Canada to Mexico.


3 Name: Sling!XD/uSlingU 2005-09-16 19:37 ID:dW/4Sm8C

Okay, Slashdot has covered the plague aspect now.

The part that wasn't much discussed is "conducts bioterrorism research for the federal government."
Today it's "just" bubonic plague that got "lost", what about tomorrow?
Where is the inquiry for criminal negligence, and the steps taken so that it doesn't happen again, or get worse?
Those lax federal guidelines are in dire need of a major overhaul.

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