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Scientists around the world were scrambling to prevent the possibility of a pandemic after a nearly 50-year-old killer influenza virus was sent to thousands of labs, a decision that one researcher described as "unwise." Nearly 5,000 labs in 18 countries, mostly in the United States, were urged by the World Health Organization to destroy samples of the dangerous virus because of the slight risk it could trigger a global outbreak.
All vials containing the influenza virus must be incinerated immediatly, though risk appears low. Because, if by accident, someone gets infected, the Killer Influenza, The Germ, 1957 H2N2, will play havoc! Each and every vial is "live biological bomb."
There are 5000 samples in 18 countries, as mentioned. The risk of accident in mishandling cannot be ruled out. As accident is always an accident!