If that event happens, then someone needs to find out what has happened to all the germs in the government's refrigerators? The government does not know if it has actually lost the germs, but it certainly cannot locate them at this point. The Washington Post reports that the government cannot find nearly 10,000 vials (actually 9,220) of deadly pathogens in chilled vaults.
An inventory of potentially deadly pathogens at Fort Detrick's infectious disease laboratory found more than 9,000 vials that had not been accounted for, Army officials said yesterday, raising concerns that officials wouldn't know whether dangerous toxins were missing.How can the government not know the location of these toxins? What person was responsible for safekeeping these items?
The vials contained some dangerous pathogens, among them the Ebola virus, anthrax bacteria and botulinum toxin, and less lethal agents such as Venezuelan equine encephalitis virus and the bacterium that causes tularemia. Most of them, forgotten inside freezer drawers, hadn't been used in years or even decades. Officials said some serum samples from hemorrhagic fever patients dated to the Korean War.
If there are any outbreaks of any of the aforementioned pathogens, then someone needs to track whether the germs lead right back to the Fort.
Source: Washington Post