A Russian research laboratory with lethal viruses such as Ebola and the stomach gradually exploded so hard that it blew the windows on Monday.
A gas canister blamed blame at Vektor's center in Koltsovo, Siberia, according to statements. One person suffered at least severe burns and is in critical care. According to Vector, the explosion during repairs in a sanitary inspection room occurred on the fifth floor of the six-storey building and no biological materials were operated.
During the Cold War, Vektor's place was one of the research facilities of the biological army of the Soviet Union. Today, the facility studies the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of pathogens. At the time of the fire, Vektor was still living in the world's largest viruses collection, including examples of Ebola and the stomach. Although no super blast was released today, the fire highlights the dangers of storing fatal pathogens.
The World Health Organization confirmed that the smallpox was destroyed in 1980. The virus
now, incredibly, it is just two places – at the Disease Control Center (CDC) research facility in Atlanta, Georgia and Vektor. The smallpox was killed by his last victim in 1978 when medical photographer Janet Parker was infected in a laboratory studying the bush in Birmingham in the UK.
In 2014, the CDC published a report which found that it had sent fatal pathogens to different laboratories five times in the previous decade. The incidents related to samples of anthrop DNA, the bacteria responsible for botulism, samples of Avian Influenza, and “highly pathogenic H5N1 influenza pressure” which, according to the CDC, had contaminated a reasonably safe influenza virus sample.
The Vektor center itself has a history of fatal accidents. In 2004, Antice Presnyakova, researcher Vektor, died after accidentally accidentally investigating Ebola in her research.
No matter how secure and safe we think these pathogens are, they have a way of expressing our efforts to control them. During the Cold War, the Soviet Union and Western powers attempted to arm these deadly diseases and many of their experiments are kicking in laboratories around the world. In 2014, for example, federal scientists discovered six vials of a dried frozen bulb stored in a former facility of the National Institute of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.
The argument for keeping these viruses is that they must be studied. And, if they should ever return, examples must be kept to help us fight them. However, as Parker and Presnyakova found out, the presence of pathogens remains a risk, no matter how noble they are behind them.
This article was first seen on US VICE.
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