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Health Officials Ask FBI to Investigate Disappearance of Vial of Deadly Venezuelan Virus

Steve Neavling

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is urging the FBI to investigate the disappearance of a deadly Venezuelan virus from a bio lab in Texas, ABC World News reports [2].

“CDC reported the incident to the FBI and we understand that the FBI will initiate an investigation concerning the reported incident,” Dr. Rob Weyant, director of the CDC’s Division of Select Agents and Toxins, told ABCNews.com in an email. “Since the investigation is just underway, the agency will not comment further regarding details of this incident.”

The Galveston National Laboratory, which was built with strict security measures, realized the vial was missing March 21, ABC News reported.

A spokesman for the University of Texas Medical Branch told ABC News that only one scientist was working with the virus and may have thrown it out.