FedEx Truck Carrying
Microbes Crashes In Winnipeg

From Patricia Doyle, PhD
I want to thank one of the Clickit news Emerging Disease Message Board posters for this article:
"The packages contained samples of anthrax, E. coli, salmonella, tuberculosis, influenza and a sexually transmitted disease."
Remember that throughout the US, IF Bush Administration gets its way, pathogens of the BSL 4 type, like Ebola, Hendra/Nipah, Smallpox, et al will be transported to various BSL 4 labs. Do we really want these pathogens on our highways? If Plum Island gets its upgrade, pathogens will be flying into New York City airports like Kennedy, Newark, NJ. Stewart in Newberg, etc, etc. After landing, the pathogens will be trucked to Orient Point, Long Island and put on a ferryboat out to the Plum. We will have to be concerned about accidents and also terrorist hits along the way.
The government assures us that the following won't happen. Well, it DID...a microbe truck crashed.
Patricia Doyle
Truck Carrying Microbes Crashes In Winnipeg
CBC News
WINNIPEG - A Federal Express courier truck carrying a package of anthrax collided with a car in central Winnipeg on Wednesday, but officials say the package was not damaged in the crash.
The truck was carrying five packages to the Canadian Science Centre for Human and Animal Health, the federal virology lab downtown. The packages contained samples of anthrax, E. coli, salmonella, tuberculosis, influenza and a sexually transmitted disease.
Officials with the lab say the microbes were not in forms that could be lethal. The centre said it would not ship the more dangerous form of anthrax through a commercial courier.
The area surrounding the accident site at Logan Avenue and Sherbrook Street, just a few blocks from the lab was sealed off and the hazardous materials unit was called in to assess the situation. The intersection was reopened after it was determined the situation was safe.
While none of the substances spilled, questions are being raised about how dangerous goods are shipped to the lab and about safety precautions taken for people who live in the area.
"I firmly believe that it should have been a far more secure vehicle, because if an accident were to happen, the virus itself, there wouldn't have been a worry about the virus getting out or whatever," says Carol Swain, who lives in the area. "I mean, we have enough viruses going around, we don't need added things to it. A Fed-Ex truck is certainly not secure."
No risk to public
Centre officials say all safety protocols were followed, and no changes to those protocols are planned as a result of the crash. They note the packages the diseases are shipped in are designed to withstand a plane crash.
"What we have seen today is actually how successful our process is, in terms of response, and in terms of the safety of the material and the quality of the material and the packaging system we're using," says lab spokesperson Stephane Wagener.
"We are certainly highly satisfied with the response today, because it again showed to us that we have highly-trained professionals, that we are aware of what's happening and there never was any risk to the public."
A spokesperson for Federal Express says each of its drivers is trained to handle dangerous goods, including materials for the federal virology lab and the Centres for Disease Control in Atlanta.
Patricia A. Doyle, PhD
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