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Jul 10, 2014 5:42 AM

Forgotten Vials of Smallpox Virus Found

ATLANTA - The FBI is now investigating the discovery of old vials of smallpox found in a storeroom at the National Institutes of Health.

Smallpox is a highly contagious and deadly disease that's been wiped out since 1980.

The vials were first put in a containment lab.

Law enforcement then moved them to the CDC's high-containment facility in Atlanta.

The CDC says there's no indication that any of the vials were opened or that workers were exposed to the virus.

Tests were done to confirm that the smallpox virus DNA was present.

There will be more tests to see if the virus could grow in tissue culture and then it will be destroyed.


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