Vials of bioterror bacteria have gone missing. Lab mice infected with deadly viruses have escaped, and wild rodents have been found making nests with research waste. Cattle infected in a university’s vaccine experiments were repeatedly sent to slaughter and their meat sold for human consumption. Gear meant to protect lab workers from lethal viruses such as Ebola and bird flu has failed, repeatedly.

A USA TODAY Network investigation reveals that hundreds of lab mistakes, safety violations and near-miss incidents have occurred in biological laboratories coast to coast in recent years, putting scientists, their colleagues and sometimes even the public at risk.

Oversight of biological research labs is fragmented, often secretive and largely self-policing, the investigation found. And even when research facilities commit the most egregious safety or security breaches — as more than 100 labs have — federal regulators keep their names secret.

Of particular concern are mishaps occurring at institutions working with the world’s most dangerous pathogens in biosafety level 3 and 4 labs — the two highest levels of containment that have proliferated since the 9/11 terror attacks in 2001. Yet there is no publicly available list of these labs, and the scope of their research and safety records are largely unknown to most state health departments charged with responding to disease outbreaks. Even the federal government doesn’t know where they all are, the Government Accountability Office has warned for years.

A team of reporters who work for the USA TODAY Network of Gannett newspapers and TV stations identified more than 200 of these high-containment lab facilities in all 50 states and the District of Columbia operated by government agencies, universities and private companies. They’re scattered across the country from the heart of New York City to a valley in Montana; from an area near Seattle’s Space Needle to just a few blocks from Kansas City’s Country Club Plaza restaurant and shopping district.

High-profile lab accidents last year with anthrax, Ebola and bird flu at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the discovery of forgotten vials of deadly smallpox virus at the National Institutes of Health raised widespread concerns about lab safety and security nationwide and whether current oversight is adequate to protect workers and the public. Wednesday the Department of Defense disclosed one of its labs in Utah mistakenly sent samples of live anthrax – instead of killed specimens – to labs across the USA plus a military base in South Korea where 22 people are now being treated with antibiotics because of their potential exposure to the bioterror pathogen. As many as 18 labs in nine states received the samples, the CDC said Thursday. […]

At the high-containment labs identified by USA TODAY, experiments are underway involving drug-resistant tuberculosis, exotic strains of flu, the SARS and MERS viruses, plague, anthrax, botulism, ricin and the Ebola and Marburg hemorrhagic fever viruses, according to interviews and more than 20,000 pages of internal lab safety records and incident reports obtained from labs across the country. […]

alright alright alright, dennor merfolk au for aphnorja uwu (mer!nor btw) also for the eurovision bet u won haha

imagine denmark waiting at the shore for nor but falling asleep every single day while waiting, so when nor arrives, denmark is already fast asleep and norway gingerly takes his hand and watches him until he stirs awake.

denmark curiously exploring norway’s body, not in a sexual but in a childish innocent way. he wants to know how to touch nor, what he likes, what he dislikes, what makes him giggle or glare at him, he wants to know every inch of the merman’s body. and nor lets him because not only does denmark look super adorable with that determined expression on his face but he also enjoys the physical contact very much. 

norway collecting stuff he found in the depth of the ocean partly because he knows denmark is really interested in that stuff but also because they remind him of den like seashells the color of denmark’s eyes and sometimes he just spends like, hours searching for gifts he could bring him the next time they meet. 

MERS Outbreak in Korea

So I posted this on Facebook and thought it might be good to share here as well for anyone who is in Korea or coming to Korea and might be concerned.

To friends and family back home who may be watching about the MERS outbreak in Korea. First of all, I’m fine. I haven’t been anywhere near the areas where the virus has popped up, I’ve been no where near a hospital period in a very long time, no one around me as been in those areas or near people who have been infected or are in quarantine and I’m in relatively good health at the moment, so the chances of me catching it at this point are very, very slim. Yes, it’s serious, however, at the moment it seems to be isolated to people who were at the hospital where the first patient who was diagnosed was at, so for the time being, I’m not worried and you shouldn’t be either.

To friends in Korea who might be getting concerned, yes there is reason for concern, however, I don’t think it’s at the point where people should become paranoid. It doesn’t hurt to take precautions if you’re worried - wash your hands frequently, carry antibacterial hand stuff with you and use it after touching objects in public. Basically the same precautions you would take during a flu outbreak. If you are really concerned, start wearing masks. If you already have pre-existing medical conditions or have compromised immune systems, you are a little bit more at risk, so it’s a good idea to take extra precautions.

MERS spreads through close contact with someone who is infected and so far there are only 3 tertiary infections, meaning not everyone who is infected will pass it on. A vast majority of the 30 cases got it from patient zero, however they are now putting anyone who has been in contact with any infected person in quarantine for 2 weeks just to be safe. For the time being it seems to be mostly outside of Seoul, so if you live far from those areas that are affected, I don’t think you should have to worry too much.

If you are planning to come to Korea soon and are concerned, at this point, I don’t think there is any reason to cancel your plans. As mentioned, it’s still isolated to certain areas and there are over 600 in quarantine with that number expected to go up to 750 now that the health authorities are starting to pull in anyone who has had contact with any infected person and not just those in contact with the first patient. The first patient was diagnosed on May 20, so we have about 30 cases in two weeks. For reference, there are almost 50 million people in Korea, most located in Seoul and surrounding areas, so while it is worrying, it’s not at the zombie apocalypse point just yet. From what I’m seeing in my company’s reports, most of the infected caught it from the first patient and had been in quarantine, limiting their access to others. (Except the idiot who was allowed to get on a plane to China.)

So just stay safe out there, and you should be fine. If you feel like you might be coming down with something - high fever, cough, shortness of breath, in some cases nausea, vomiting or diarrea - then put on a mask and go to a hospital - that isn’t on the MERS patient list in which if you didn’t have it you could risk getting exposed - and get checked just in case.

Mask of the Vampire M!A

Ever since the grey-face had visited, she’d been craving blood and so far, no one had exactly been willing to part with their precious ruby fluids. 

The Demon Mercenary hissed, stalking through the town. Red blood dripping from the corner of her mouth, she searched for her next meal.

MERSder She Wrote

MERS…MERS…MERS…that’s all that my Facebook feed is these days.  People panicking about MERS.  

Well…I say….PANIC!!

Yes.  I remember the Bird Flu outbreak back in whenever that was.  They closed all of the schools.  The burned and buried the dead under the school soccer pitches and then, once they were sure that they all wouldn’t Walking Dead style, just get up and wander about, they let us all back in the schools.  There were less of us…but we’d become stronger and determined that it would never happen again.

Then there was SARS.  SARS came and fucked us again.  Bodies piled high in the courtyards of the apartment complexes whilst the vultures circled overhead.  It was awful.  Columns of smoke rose, first in the east, but soon they spread to the west.  The recovery was slow, but thanks to hand sanitizers, we had a new weapon against any future foe.

Oh…how I wish that was where it ended.  Our sanitizers worked for a while, but we grew lazy and forgot them.  We lived like fools…like…pigs!  Then, before we could buy the lime and shovels and dig fresh graves, the swine flu was upon us.  The barrow men wandered the empty streets, loading bodies and taking them to the fresh pits.  There was the stench of death in every corner.  It was grim, but somehow we knew that those of us who survived would be stronger for it.  I remember leaving a school of 700 students and returning to an empty building with a freshly dug soccer pitch.

MERS is here.

Please stay away from any camels.  

Don’t lick the subway poles.

Wash your balls.


Run for your fucking lives!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

You’ll thank me later.