blind_html [Fwd: Swine flu container explodes on train]

  • From: Nimer <nimerjaber1@xxxxxxxxx>
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  • Date: Tue, 28 Apr 2009 10:29:55 -0600

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Subject:        Swine flu container explodes on train
Date:   Tue, 28 Apr 2009 16:22:21 +0000
From:   Riley Blake <crblake86@xxxxxxxx>
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ZURICH (Reuters) - A container of flu virus samples packed in dry ice exploded 
on a Swiss train, injuring one person but posing no other risks to humans,
police said on Tuesday.

The box held vials of swine flu virus, although a different strain than the 
H1N1 variety that has caused about 150 deaths in Mexico and infected people
in the United States, Canada, Spain and Britain.

A technician was transporting the container on Monday night to the Swiss 
national flu center in Geneva, where scientists are developing a flu test for 
police said.

One woman was hurt when the box exploded in reaction to the dry ice used to 
keep the samples cold.

After consulting virus specialists, the police decided to stop the St. Gallen 
to Geneva train before it entered the station in Lausanne.

The virus specialists confirmed that the samples being transported posed no 
risks to humans, police said.

(Reporting by Sven Egenter; Editing by Laura MacInnis)


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