Germ warfare scientists in the United Kingdom have been called in to help search for the cause of smallpox case at Birmingham University.
Germ warfare scientists in the United Kingdom have been called in to help search for the cause of smallpox case at Birmingham University. They are checking the theory that the virus leaked from a research laboratory, the director of which has since committed suicide. The only patient with a confirmed case of smallpox is in a satisfactory condition. The suspicion that the virus leaked from the laboratory, and the use of specialists from the Ministry of Defence Porton down research centre, have prompted questions about how that establishment guards against leaks.
SYNOPSIS: For the first time in three years a camera team has ben granted permission to film inside the Porton Down research centre. Reporter John Darby spoke to Safety Officer Mr. Sidney Restall.
The germ warfare scientists work with dangerous biological agents, and to prevent the virulent diseases and poisons escaping efficient air filters are needed. Once a virus like smallpox escapes, it can infect humans and reproduce itself by millions of times.