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All samples of a killer flu virus mistakenly sent worldwide by an institute in the United States have been found
All samples have now been destroyed except for one in Lebanon and a little portion in the United States, said Maria Cheng, spokeswoman for the United Nations health agency. The sample that had gone missing in Lebanon was found at the airport of Beirut and would be destroyed soon, while those sent to Mexico and South Korea, which were also previously unaccounted for, have been destroyed, she told reporters here. "There are still some laboratories in the United States that haven't confirmed the destruction of the samples they were sent," Cheng said, adding that 98 percent of the US samples had been destroyed, reports Xinhuanet. According to Health Talk, Lebanese health officials indicated the virus is safely secured and a decision is being made to either destroy it, or return it to the U.S. college where it originated. Samples that were previously listed as missing in South Korea and Mexico have been located and destroyed. Thousands of test kits containing the 50-year-old H2N2 influenza virus were sent out by The College of American Pathologists as part of a proficiency testing program for researchers. The strain in question was responsible for at least one million deaths in the 1957 pandemic. Most people born after 1968 have no immunity to the virus, which health officials feared could have started the next global pandemic if a lab technician accidentally became infected
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