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freaking texas, leave it to red necks to unleash the g virus....
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*Barricades home, grabs guns and waits*
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post #13 of 94
20-30% mortality rate. That's pretty high. The flu, for example, has a 0.1% mortality rate.
    
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Originally Posted by Sir Beregond View Post

*Barricades home, grabs guns and waits*

Sounds like every day at the Knucklehead house. wink.gif
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Guanarito virus. Hemorrhagic fever with similarities to Lassa fever. Zoonotic, meaning we're not the usual disease reservoir. Identified as a potential biological weapon in the late 80s because it can be aerosolized and spread that way. If Wiki is correct, person-to-person spread is possible but uncommon.

I suppose the good news is that there are a lot of worse things that could have been stolen. Smallpox, for instance.

The bad news is that Galveston is a BSL-4 level facility, and those places are supposed to be locked down tighter than your average bank vault. This had to have been an inside job if it was actually stolen and not just an accounting error.
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20-30% mortality rate. That's pretty high. The flu, for example, has a 0.1% mortality rate.

And Gastrointestinal Anthrax has a mortality rate of 25 to 60 percent. Ebola Zaire is 83 to 90 percent.

So I doubt it is much to worry about. It's nastier than the common cold, but much less deadly than some of the more common weapon nasties.

Most likely it is just "misplaced". I'm sure they have "top men" working on it. wink.gif
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Originally Posted by 47 Knucklehead View Post

Sounds like every day at the Knucklehead house. wink.gif

cheers.gif

But seriously. I'd be concerned if someone with mischievious plans got a hold of this. It could be something worse, but still.
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And that's why our entry in the Hitchiker's guide says "Mostly harmless"
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Bah My bet goes on that it makes it way into some frat's margarita pool.
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Dailymail is a sensationalist news source.
    
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