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US NewsExplosion Hits Russian Virus Research Center That Houses Smallpox and Ebola

03:35  18 september  2019
03:35  18 september  2019 Source:   newsweek.com

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An explosion has hit a disease research center in Siberia that houses strains of Ebola and smallpox , causing a fire and injuring one worker. It completed trials of an Ebola vaccine earlier this year. A Vector researcher died there in 2004 after pricking herself with a needle carrying the virus

A sudden explosion at a Siberian virus research center on Monday reportedly left the facility engulfed in It is analogous to both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the US Army Chemical and Biological Of note, Vector is reportedly one of two places worldwide where smallpox is stored.

Explosion Hits Russian Virus Research Center That Houses Smallpox and Ebola © BSIP/UIG via Getty Images The smallpox virus is shown here in this photo. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the first drug to treat smallpox, which could stop a pandemic were the virus to be released as a weapon of bioterrorism.

An explosion blew out windows and caused a fire at a huge Russian medical research center, one of only two in the world that stores the killer smallpox virus.

The blast at the State Research Center of Virology and Biotechnology, also known as the Vector Institute, in Koltsovo, near the Siberian city of Novosibirsk, injured one worker who suffered third-degree burns.

Local officials have told state-run media that the blast was probably caused by a gas explosion in a room on the building's fifth floor during repairs.

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An explosion has caused a fire at a Russian biological research facility that's one of only two centers in the world known for housing samples of the smallpox virus .

A gas cylinder exploded at a Russian laboratory where strains of smallpox , anthrax and Ebola are stored. The blast at the State Research Centre of Vector is one of two official locations where the now-eradicated smallpox virus is stored, the other being the US Centres for Disease Control and

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State news agency TASS cited Koltsovo city head administrator Nikolai Krasnikov as saying that no biohazardous materials were stored where the explosion and blaze took place and that there is no threat to the general population.

There is not yet any indication from independent media outlets that the population is in danger. Some 13 fire trucks and 38 firefighters were sent to the scene to extinguish the fire, which covered 300 square feet.

The facility was created in 1975 and housed biological weapons research during the Soviet era. Spread across dozens of acres, it employs thousands of workers.

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Russia ’s State Research Center of Virology, in the city of Koltsovo in Siberia, has one of the largest collections of During the Cold War, the lab developed biological weapons and defenses against them, and it reportedly stored dangerous strains of smallpox , anthrax, and Ebola among other viruses .

A sudden explosion at a Siberian virus research center on Monday reportedly left the facility engulfed in flames, according to several Russian The State Research Center of Virology and Biotechnology Vector, also known as the Vector Institute, and which is located deep inside Siberia for a reason…

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Explosion Hits Russian Virus Research Center That Houses Smallpox and Ebola
Explosion Hits Russian Virus Research Center That Houses Smallpox and Ebola
Explosion Hits Russian Virus Research Center That Houses Smallpox and Ebola
Explosion Hits Russian Virus Research Center That Houses Smallpox and Ebola
Explosion Hits Russian Virus Research Center That Houses Smallpox and Ebola
Explosion Hits Russian Virus Research Center That Houses Smallpox and Ebola
Explosion Hits Russian Virus Research Center That Houses Smallpox and Ebola
Explosion Hits Russian Virus Research Center That Houses Smallpox and Ebola
Explosion Hits Russian Virus Research Center That Houses Smallpox and Ebola
Explosion Hits Russian Virus Research Center That Houses Smallpox and Ebola
Explosion Hits Russian Virus Research Center That Houses Smallpox and Ebola

It is considered to be one of the world's leading epidemiological research centers, developing an Ebola vaccine earlier this year, according to TASS.

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In 2004, Ebola researcher Antonina Presnyakova died at Vector after pricking herself with a needle that had the killer virus. The New York Times reported that there was a delay of several weeks before the incident was reported to the World Health Organization, which meant the agency's scientists "could not provide prompt advice on treatment that might have saved her life."

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists cited a report from PBS that a high-ranking Soviet official who defected to the United States in the 1990s had claimed smallpox was shifted to the site to conduct bioweapons research.

Explosion Hits Russian Virus Research Center That Houses Smallpox and Ebola © Copyright 2019, dpa (www.dpa.de). Alle Rechte vorbehalten 05 September 2019, Congo, Goma: Signposts on the premises of the UN peace mission "Monusco" point out symptoms, danger of infection and course of disease of Ebola. Foreign Minister Heiko Maas visited the site on the same day. Photo: Kay Nietfeld/dpa (Photo by Kay Nietfeld/picture alliance via Getty Images)

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta is the only other place which stores samples of smallpox, which was declared eradicated in 1980, having killed up to 500 million people in the 20th century.

In 2016, USA Today reported that there were safety concerns at CDC with shortcomings in its decontamination chamber amid concerns in Congress about how its lab is regulated and whether serious safety problems hare kept hidden from the public.

The blast in Russia comes shortly after another explosion at a facility conducting high-risk research. In August, a blast at a northern Russian military base in the Arkhangelsk region that killed at least five scientists, sparked fears of atmospheric radiation.

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