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-- -- -- -- investigating after a deadly virus has gone missing and missing from a well known medical lab.
Near Houston Texas one of five vials disappearing after.
Last being used in November in the CDC is warning the public.
About this Venezuelan virus now adults who contract -- could have a mortality rate.
As high as 33%.
The virus causes a hemorrhagic fever in humans which includes high fevers and -- And possibly bleeding and also the virus rarely spread -- from person.
-- person how much concern is there now bill gatherings of former.
Chief executive for the FBI in New York Miami and Denver now president of the Gavin group live in Boston today and -- good morning to you.
To -- to -- could this be a case of bioterrorism.
Does it fit that.
-- that's always a possibility and I think that's one of the reasons why the FBI.
Would become involved in the early stages of an investigation such as this just to make sure that they don't have to play catch up ball.
If they should do proved to be a case -- -- how do you figure out whether it was stolen misplaced or simply.
Well I think you can.
They should be protocols in place for all these bio labs throughout the country although they're not universal protocols with the should be in a protocol in place.
War of the fall we know who touched this.
For -- utilization.
For its transport all of these things have to be.
And probably during the course of the investigation a look at every piece of paper to see.
When it was last touch.
And who touched it -- -- -- -- it's like a fingerprint right it's like following that path that no one told that is of entry of referred to the FBI.
Why would the FBI be involved in this if it were not considered.
Well the FBI could be involved from the standpoint if if the virus itself belongs to CDC and that's part of the government anti theft of government property is -- the violation of which the bureau has jurisdiction so that could also.
Serve -- -- -- for the -- to enter into this case it's but I think the more important things for the thought.
While the threat perhaps a bioterrorist now I know you're not familiar this particular -- -- Texas but you do have experience with these labs across the country.
What are we need to understand -- I think what we need to understand is these these sleds all have.
A little bit different -- a protocol in there's no universal way.
-- of looking at these -- from the government's standpoint -- and that's can be very dangerous.
In and of itself GAO recently did a report.
It's pushing up all of suggesting to the to the White House -- committees that.
You really need to have some universal way of looking at every single one of these laboratories.
Not only in terms of how they handle things but how they've built how secure they all of those particular things.
Go -- to all of these bio labs.
That are all over the country I don't Honda on that point when it comes to security how secure are there.
I think -- probably pretty secure bell and as does every indication in this particular case that perhaps.
It was just sloppy handling of this.
Vial of the virus.
But one never knows until we -- peel that onion and look at every single thing that took place right now there -- a scientist who work for this particular virus and may have just been one person.
And there's a suggestion that it may have accidentally -- the -- way back in November.
If you know of the -- as a critical is that possible.
It's possible because we deal with human beings you can have the tightest rules and regulations -- -- can have all of the good protocols the things that make this safe.
But in the bottom line is if you have some sloppy procedures.
-- if somebody just accidentally through this violent way.
That's scary situation dated as bill Gavin thank you were on the -- -- talking about it all week long trying to figure out -- the yen.
How you solve this mystery and perhaps we will very soon bill Gavin thank you very much out of Boston with us again today.
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