The Office of the Director of National Intelligence said Monday that vials of “smallpox” discovered in a lab in Maryland did not contain the deadly disease.
Fox News first reported last week that the vials, dating back to the 1940s, had been shipped by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to a Virginia company, which disposes of old biomedical samples.
The vials, about 30 to 40 inches long, were part of a larger collection of 45 found by the company, Summit BioSciences, according to The Wall Street Journal.
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Officials said they remain concerned with what kind of safety precautions were taken with the disorganized collection.
The ODC Director’s Office said in a statement that there was an “initial review and while the material that was stored in the vials has not been found to be associated with the disease, the various agencies involved continue to work together to determine if the materials involved were properly disposed of.”
Smallpox was last eradicated in 1977 after hundreds of millions of people were infected with the virus.
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