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WorldExplosion Hits Russian Virus Research Center That Houses Smallpox and Ebola

13:11  17 september  2019
13:11  17 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 The former head of Vector vanished in 2017 following accusations of fraud and a Soviet defector claimed in the early 1990s that smallpox strains were moved there for bioweapons research .

A sudden explosion at a Siberian virus research center on Monday reportedly left the facility engulfed in flames, according to several Russian news outlets. The laboratory is known for having developed vaccines for Ebola and hepatitis, as well as for studying epidemics and genera issues surrounding

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.

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.

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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Vector houses dangerous diseases such as smallpox and Ebola . Photo / Getty Images. It is now one of Russia 's main disease research centres . Russian authorities have said that the room were the gas explosion occurred was not holding any hazardous substances and no structural damage was

The State Research Centre of Virology and Biotechnology has said a cylinder exploded in lab which is one of two places in the world that houses the smallpox disease. Other highly lethal diseases that are stored there include Anthrax and Ebola . Located in Koltsovo, in the Novosibirsk region of Siberia, the

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.

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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The State Research Centre of Virology and Biotechnology has said a cylinder exploded in a lab, which is one of two places in the world housing the smallpox . Other highly lethal diseases that are stored there include Bubonic Plague, Anthrax and Ebola . Located in Koltsovo, in the Novosibirsk region of

A gas explosion has sparked a fire at a Russian lab that houses viruses ranging from smallpox to Ebola , authorities have said. The blast took place during repairs to a fifth-floor sanitary inspection room at the State Research Centre of Virology and Biotechnology – usually known as Vector – in

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.

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.

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The facility is one of two on the planet that houses the smallpox virus (Picture: Tass). A gas explosion and fire has torn through a lab in Russia that The explosion was followed by a fire on the fifth floor of the State Research Centre of Virology and Biotechnology that was later extinguished.

An explosion Monday caused a fire at the State Research Center of Virology and Biotechnology, a biological research facility in Siberia known for being one of the two centers in the world housing samples of live smallpox virus . The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta

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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