Health experts have begun to destroy samples of a potentially lethal flu strain sent to laboratories around the world by a US testing organisation.As astute readers will have deduced from the "s" in the word "organisation" above, this story comes to us courtesy of the BBC. There's more coverage from the AP (via the New York Times) and a relatively calming statement from the WHO (are they still smashing guitars onstage?)
The samples are of Asian flu, which killed between one and four million people in 1957 but disappeared by 1968.
Testing kits containing the virus were sent to more than 3,700 laboratories in 18 countries from Brazil to Lebanon.
The World Health Organization said the virus could "easily cause an influenza epidemic" if not handled properly.
Gosh, I hope I can get good seats for the apocalypse.