Report of the Blue Ribbon Panel to Review the 2014 Smallpox (Variola) Virus Incident on the NIH (National Institutes of Health) Campus

National Institutes of Health. 05/2017 This 50-page document is the report of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Blue Ribbon Panel appointed to review the July 2014 discovery of six vials containing variola virus, the causative agent of smallpox, as well as over 300 other previously undiscovered biological samples on the NIH Bethesda, MD, campus. The panel identified several key factors that contributed to the smallpox virus incident, and noted several specific problematic issues relating to the immediate response after discovery of the smallpox virus and other samples. (PDF)
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