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45 liters of live Polio virus released into Belgian rivers by proff
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European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) in its Communicable disease threats report from September 11, 2014 reported about an accidental release of 45 litres of concentrated live polio virus solution into the environment.

On September 2, 2014, following a human error, 45 liters of concentrated live polio virus solution were released into the environment in Rixensart city, Belgium by the pharmaceutical company, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK). The liquid was conducted directly to a water-treatment plant Rosieres and released after treatment in river Lasne affluent of river Dyle which is affluent of the Escaut/Scheldt river.

The estimated viral rejection of live virus Saukett (Salk) serotype 3 was of 10^13 cell culture infectious dose 50% (CCID50). GSK is currently testing an experimental Ebola vaccine on volunteers in Britain and the United States.

Only accessible risk assessment report was the one by The High Council of Public Health (HCPH) that concluded that the risk of infection for the population exposed to the contaminated water is extremely low due to the high level of dilution and the high vaccination coverage (95%) in Belgium. The risk was estimated higher for the personnel of the water-treatment plant so they received medical assistance/examination and polio vaccination. In addition, their risk assessment concludes that from the junction of river Lasne with the river Dyle the dilution of the virus in the river water brings the risk to negligible.

As a precaution, a booster dose of polio vaccine was recommended to persons who have been in contact with the water of river Lasne from September 2, 2014 until the date when the precautionary measures will be lifted.

Measures taken by the local health authorities include the molecular (PCR) testing of environmental samples from river water and sludge, informing the population through a press release on September 5 and activation of a call center at the Ministry of Health for the general public, notification of the general practitioners and relevant local health authorities through a letter sent by HCPH with recommendations. Relevant corrective measures are to be taken by GSK under the control of public authorities.
GlaxoSmithKline facility in Rixensart. Credit: GSK.be

On September 8, 2014, the Federal Public Service (FPS) Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment in Belgium confirmed that samples of mud and water taken from the Rosieres treatment plant, river Lasne and river Dyle, all tested negative for the presence of polio virus.

According to the ECDC assessment, the accidental release in the environment of large amounts of live polio virus represents a risk to public health in case susceptible populations are exposed to contaminated waters or mud. The contamination of the rivers depends upon the effectiveness of the treatment in the Rosiere treatment plan to prevent viruses from being released. The Lasne and Dyle rivers are joining the Escaut/Scheldt river which flows in the southwestern part of the Netherlands where various orthodox protestant communities present a lower polio vaccination coverage, before reaching the North Sea.

Drug maker GlaxoSmithKline was fined $492 million on September 19, 2014 for bribing doctors in China in the biggest such penalty ever imposed by a Chinese court. The company's British former country manager Mark Reilly was sentenced to prison. This case highlighted the widespread use of payments to doctors and hospitals by sellers of drugs and medical equipment in a poorly funded health system that Chinese leaders have promised to improve.

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Crap like this worries the crap out of me.
This is just the stuff we find out about.
Just 35 miles from me in Fredrick Md. are three potentially very hazardous research centers.
I had worked on 2 of the 3's buildings. Medimune had developed a serum for the H1N1 virus when it was a scare here. Charles River Research I know for a fact can hold over 5,000 test subject rats for that type of project. Don't get me stared on Fort Detrick. It is speculated that Anthrax was researched there. They are just the few things that we are told. I am not known to be paranoid, BUT.
With US's involvement in Ebola, I would not at all be surprised, that it is also present at one or more of those centers.
During the first Gulf war, I knew a Microbiologist from Hopkins and he had worked on antidotes for chemical and biological warfare. It was noted that it is down right frightening to know the things that are in storage. Some as far back as WWI. Even though they are for developing antidotes, it is still scary.
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In the US and here in Australia
Both have to be careful what you eat and drink
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European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) in its Communicable disease threats report from September 11, 2014 reported about an accidental release of 45 litres of concentrated live polio virus solution into the environment.


Yikes, that's scary.

 
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..... Don't get me stared on Fort Detrick......



I lived in Frederick county, was a firefighter, we knew about the bad stuff they had on the base. Back then, we always hope the alarm for mutal aid to the base never went out. Building 470 was sealed, we heard it would be 50 - 100 years before it was taken down. I see now they took it down, they must have found a way to deal with the toxins. Building 470 locally referred to as "Anthrax Tower".

It was a pilot plant for testing optimal fermentor and bacterial purification technologies. The information gained in this pilot plant shaped the fermentor technology that was ultimately used by the pharmaceutical industry to revolutionize production of antibiotics and other drugs. Building 470 was torn down in 2003 without any adverse effects on the demolition workers or the environment.(so they say)

The facility acquired the nickname "Fort Doom" while offensive biological warfare research was undertaken there. 5,000 bombs containing anthrax spores were produced at the base during World War II.
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