Fifteen vials, five labeled smallpox, were found at a Merck facility outside Philadelphia the FBI is reporting, a scary site as they aren’t supposed to exist in this environment, and the world has declared the deadly disease eradicated.
They were discovered by a lab worker cleaning out a freezer Tuesday night.
The deadly virus killed 300 million people in the 1900s and was eradicated with a mass vaccination campaign.
samples are only supposed to be stored at two labs in Russia and Atlanta.
Most Americans today are not vaccinated against Smallpox, and now the FBI is investigating it.
Multiple federal agencies are looking into 15 vials – including five alarmingly labeled as ‘smallpox’ – that were discovered at a pharmaceutical lab outside of Philadelphia Tuesday night.
The vials, 10 of which were labeled ‘vaccinia’ after the virus used to make smallpox vaccines, were discovered by a lab worker who was cleaning out a freezer, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
Smallpox was eradicated in 1980 with a successful mass vaccination campaign after it killed an estimated 300 million people in the 20th century alone.
The FBI and CDC are now investigating Tuesday’s discovery.
It’s frightening as Merck is working on a pill to help prevent Covid-19, and they are also the manufacturer that makes the drug Ivermectin which has been highly successful in treating Covid-19 around the world, despite the liberal media and big tech criticism and censorship trying to darken the FDA approved drug that has been taken by billions around the world for multiple ailments.
The two agencies did not immediately respond to requests for comment from DailyMail.com.
The finding was first reported by Yahoo News, which obtained a copy of an alert sent to the Department of Homeland Security labeled ‘For Official Use Only.’
It is not known how the vials ended up at the Merck facility in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania or if they really do contain the virus.
What is smallpox and how does it spread?
Smallpox is a serious, life-threatening illness causes by variola virus.
A person may not look or feel sick for 7 to 14 days after exposure, but initial symptoms include high fever, headaches, backaches, and vomiting.
Around a third of people who contract the disease, die.
After the initial symptoms, a body-wide rash appears. The person is most contagious during this stage.
Rashes develop in the tongue, mouth and throat. They then spread to the face and arms, torso and legs.
Pus-filled bumps, also called pustules, form and begin to scab over and fall off over a period of about 10 days.
It was mostly spread by prolonged face-to-face due to respiratory particles. The virus was also spread by sharing sheets, towels and clothing.
Source: Cleveland Clinic
After they were discovered, the vials were secured immediately and the facility was put on a lockdown that was lifted by Wednesday night.
‘Merck is in the process of figuring out why it was there,’ the source told NBC10 on Wednesday
Merck did not immediately respond to a request for comment from DailyMail.com.
‘There is no indication that anyone has been exposed to the small number of frozen vials,’ a CDC spokesperson told Yahoo.
‘The frozen vials labeled ‘Smallpox’ were incidentally discovered by a laboratory worker while cleaning out a freezer in a facility that conducts vaccine research in Pennsylvania.’
The discovery took place at the Merck Upper Gwynedd facility in North Wales, about 30 miles northwest of Philadelphia, according to WCAU.
‘CDC, its Administration partners, and law enforcement are investigating the matter, and the vials’ contents appear intact. The laboratory worker who discovered the vials was wearing gloves and a face mask. We will provide further details as they are available,’ the spokesperson said.
The incident is likely to renew questions about what should be done with the world’s Smallpox samples, which are kept in only two labs in the world.
Smallpox is an infection caused by the variola virus. Patients develop a fever and a distinctive, progressive skin rash, according to the CDC.
Most Americans are not vaccinated against the disease and those who are probably have waning immunity, meaning an outbreak could have devastating consequences.
The vaccine leaves a dime-sized lesion that gradually forms a scab and leaves a scar, the CDC says. The lesion is contagious before the scab forms, and those who receive it have to protect the vaccination site from other parts of their body and other people.
This is a developing story and we will keep you updated accordingly here at The DC Patriot. Thanks to our friends at The Daily Mail for contributing to this article.