‘Virus escaped from the lab? It also happened for the mad cow »- Corriere.it

‘Virus escaped from the lab? It also happened for the mad cow »- Corriere.it
‘Virus escaped from the lab? It also happened for the mad cow »- Corriere.it
from Margherita De Bac

The neuroscientist: “Accidents that occur on infected materials sometimes go unnoticed.” The cases of three researchers who died of contracting the variant of the neurological disease of cattle

It wouldn’t be the first or the last time. In the history of medicine there are thousands if not millions of microorganisms escaping from laboratories. «It would not be surprising to find evidence that Sars-CoV-2 accidentally came out of the Wuhan center where coronaviruses are studied. No containment measure, even the most sophisticated, can eliminate the risk ».

Maurizio Pocchiari, former director of the neuroscience department of the Istituto Superiore di Sanità, has been involved for years with Creutzfeldt-Jakob, a disease caused by a prion (an infectious agent smaller than viruses, responsible for serious neurological alterations), which in 2001 affected humans with a human variant passed to us from cattle suffering from BSE, better known as ‘mad cow’. President Joe Biden asked the secret services to redouble their efforts and prepare a new report on the origin of Covid-19.

ICould the virus have come out of a research center?
«In research centers, even in very high security ones, the so-called P3 and P4, it is not impossible for a pathogen to contaminate the operator. In the case of Sars-2 it is not science fiction to hypothesize that during a procedure a technician has inhaled the infected particles emitted, just to give an example, during the centrifugation phase of infected material and that the hoods, despite being hermetically sealed, do not had been operated “.

Do you believe that China has hidden the truth?
“The incident may not have been known to the authorities. A researcher who, suppose, after a few days has developed a form of flu, may not have related those symptoms to an accident that went unnoticed to him. The truth is difficult to reconstruct and I refer to the Creutzfeldt-Jakob variant which is transmitted to man through the consumption of infected meat ».

Three people died of variant, two in France, one in Italy. Researchers …

“Yes, three researchers. We are certain of at least two of the 3 cases. One was featured on New England Journal Medicine. There is talk of occupational exposure in a technician who had handled mouse samples contaminated with the infectious agent that causes bovine spongiform encephalopathy, Bse, or with that of the Creutzfeldt-Jakob variant. Then we know of a 24-year-old French woman who died 19 months after getting cut. And he wore two pairs of gloves. ‘

And the Italian victim?

“In the English article there is a reference to the story of a patient who died in 2016 with the variant.

She had had contact in the laboratory with infected material of Bse or variant of Creutzfeldt-Jakob, but it was never understood how it could have become contaminated. It is the confirmation that many times in the reports of the laboratories there is no trace of accidents precisely because they can go unnoticed even by the researcher ».

October 23, 2021 (change October 23, 2021 | 23:00)

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