GSK accidentally released live polio virus into Belgium waters

This week’s CDTR report from Europe’s CDC includes a disturbing tidbit regarding an accidental release of live polio virus by pharmaceutical house Glaxo-Smith-Kline. Here’s what the ECDC had to say:

As reported to ECDC by Belgian authorities, on 2 September 2014, following a human error, 45 litres of concentrated live polio virus solution were released into the environment by the pharmaceutical company, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), in Rixensart city, Belgium. The liquid was conducted directly to a water-treatment plant (Rosieres) and released after treatment in river Lasne affluent of river Dyle which is affluent of the Escaut/Scheldt river. Belgium’s High Council of Public Health conducted a risk assessment that concluded that the risk of infection for the population exposed to the contaminated water is extremely low due to the high level of dilution and the high vaccination coverage (95%) in Belgium.

read the entire report via News – Monitoring current threats: ECDC Communicable….

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