GlaxoSmithKline dumps live polio virus into Belgium river

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GlaxoSmithKline dumps live polio virus into Belgium river

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The accidental release of 45 litres of concentrated live polio virus solution into the environment - Belgium

As reported to ECDC by Belgian authorities, on 2 September 2014, following a human error, 45 litres of concentrated live polio virus solution were released into the environment by the pharmaceutical company, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), in Rixensart city, Belgium. 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. Belgium’s High Council of Public Health conducted a risk assessment 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.

ECDC's assessment is that the accidental release in the environment of large amounts of live polio virus represents a risk to public health if susceptible populations, such as areas with low polio vaccine coverage, are exposed to contaminated waters or mud. Particularly since 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.
http://www.ecdc.europa.eu/en/press/news ... 68&ID=1065

I guess we should all get on our knees and thank them for not dumping 100 liters of concentrated smallpox into the water supply as well.
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Smart people and their children would go unharmed.

Darwin rules.
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The important thing is that nobody gives a shit.

Unless it was a terrorist dumping live polio into the water supply.



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I'll see your polio virus and raise you:

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"radionnuclides,"

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Anyone got any spare tinfoil?
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Tinfoil was great
But now it's out of date

Aluminum foil is the thing this year
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Only real tin will do the truck.

Aluminum foil? That's what THEY want you to use.
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Pyrrho wrote:I'll see your polio virus and raise you:
If concentrated live polio virus doesn't bother skeptics, why should healthy radioactive material even rate a "so what"?
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You can't vaccinate against radioactivity.
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Why do you hate science?
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Well, in the new Battlestar Galactica, you can vaccinate against radioactivity..........................

And I love science. But, I love it alot more when it delivers the goods (which it usually does) on my timetable, not something else that's inconvenient for me. Because, I am, after all, the center of the known frakking Universe! :-)
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sparks wrote:Because, I am, after all, the center of the known frakking Universe! :-)
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You emerged from your tinfoil bunker unscathed then, robinson?
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He's A-L-I-V-E!!!11Eleventy
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