GSK: Release of 45 litres of Polio virus into Environment.

The European Centre for Disease Control (ECDC) reported that on 2 September 2014, 45 litres of concentrated live polio virus solution was released into the River Lasne in Belgium. This was due to human error and was reported to be due to an employee making a mistake in a usually routine tank cleaning process.1

The liquid was redirected straight to a water treatment plant and released after treatment. Belgium’s High Council of Public Health conducted a risk assessment and they concluded that due to the high number of vaccinations against polio in Belgium the risk of infection was low. However the Rivers Lasne and Dyle flow into a Southwestern part of the Netherlands where various orthodox protestant communities may be exposed to a higher risk.2

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  2. European Centre for Disease Control. 15.09.2014. []