24 April 2009
from Danger Room by Jason Sigger
Vials of a potentially harmful pathogen have gone missing at Fort Detrick, the Army's main biodefense lab. But don't freak out. The samples of Venezuelan Equine Encephalitis (VEE) virus are relatively small. The Army has found "no evidence yet of criminal misconduct," the Washington Post reports. And the virus usually causes only "a mild flulike illness" -- although "brain inflammation and death" are possible, too. "It has potential for use as a biological weapon but is far less lethal than some other agents the lab works with."