Originally Posted by BeckyBird
Conspiracy theory alert (or shall I say, Free, Independent-Thinker alert lol)......does this make you wonder if there are any other viruses that accidentally (or purposely) escaped? Would we ever know the truth if it did happen? The possibility is there you know.
For kicks I decided to google "diseases escape lab" (sounds like science fiction, doesn't it?) and got a lot of hits on biosecurity.
Most confirmed what I thought - that of course diseases can escape labs (I am just talking about accidental escape, here). It is pretty pompous to think otherwise. Humans are fallible, after all.
"Could smallpox escape from the lab and cause a new disease outbreak? The answer is an unequivocal yes. Of course on any given day, the chances of such an event are very small, and none has been recorded in recent years. Yet the last documented human cases of smallpox, in the UK in 1978, were the result of a lab accident. And both of the World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) authorized smallpox virus repositories, in the United States and Russia, have experienced serious mishaps in recent years – one a death due to human error, and another a serious design flaw in a newly constructed lab."
http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/02/15/us-health-biosecurity-idUSTRE81E0R420120215 (this link does mention bird flu)