Bottles of what was called “smallpox” were found in a refrigerator in Philadelphia Monday night, forcing the FBI and CDC to investigate the incident.
Fifteen “suspicious vials” were reportedly found in the refrigerator at Merck’s Laboratory in Pennsylvania, with 10 labeled “vaccines” and five labeled “smallpox”.
According to Yahoo News, which obtained a copy of the non-confidential alert for official use only, the flasks were immediately locked.
The discovery of the flasks forced the establishment to proceed with a rapid shutdown, which has since been lifted.
Smallpox is so dangerous that only two laboratories around the world are allowed to store samples of the virus, one in Russia and one at the CDC in Atlanta, Georgia.
Scientists wondered if there were any samples of smallpox left because of the unknown dangers they could cause.
Only a small portion of Americans are vaccinated against smallpox, and those who are said to have diminished immunity.
The CDC is expected to arrive at the site to pick up the vials and transport them to another testing facility.
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