(HOUSTON CHRONICLE) — A vial containing a virus has gone missing from a laboratory at the University of Texas Medical Branch, officials said.
The missing vial, which contains less than a quarter of a teaspoon a potentially harmful material, had been stored in a locked freezer, designed to handle biological material safely, within the Galveston National Laboratory on UTMB’s campus, according to a statement from the medical branch released Saturday. During a routine internal inspection on Wednesday and Thursday, UTMB officials realized one vial of a virus called Guanarito was not accounted for at the facility. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was notified immediately.
UTMB said that there was no breach in the facility’s security and no indication that any wrongdoing is involved, according to the statement.