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{Thursday, September 15, 2005  }

.:{This just bodes ill, says the medievalist}:.


Plague-Infected Mice Missing From N.J. Lab

Sept. 15, 2005 — Authorities are investigating the disappearance from a New Jersey bioterror research lab of at least three mice carrying a deadly strain of plague.

Sources say FBI agents and bioterrorism experts have interviewed and polygraphed employees at the University of Medicine and Dentistry in Newark, N.J., the location of the lab run by the Public Health Research Institute, a leading center for research on infectious diseases.

The mice have been missing for approximately two weeks.

[...]

Officials discovered two weeks ago a failure to account for three of 24 mice that had been injected with a bacterium that causes various forms of the plague, including bubonic plague, inside the high-security facility located in the middle of the city of Newark.

The injections were part of an experiment testing potential treatments for the plague, according to The Star-Ledger of Newark, which first reported the story in today's editions.


They say there's not much risk to public health. Yeah, tell that to half the population of Europe.

Quick, go out and join a religious order and spend the rest of your short life in prayer and taking care of the sick. I don't recommend the purported "sale" of indulgences, but you get a plenary indulgence if you go on a Crusade.
posted by Lauren, 4:58 PM

3 Comments:

Now, don't get hysterical- only a third of the European population died during the Black Death.
commented by Anonymous Anonymous, 10:06 PM  
Yeah. The first time.
commented by Blogger Lauren, 10:09 PM  
of course now we have anti biotics,a nd similar drugs. Bubonic plauge is quite treatable.
Of course I hope many do just as you suggest which will leave lots of jobs and property available to be grabbed up cheaply.......
commented by Blogger exMI, 9:55 AM  

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