Bird flu stored at UW awaiting research
Karen Herzog with the Journal Sentinel reports on the super-secret laboratory that holds the bird flu virus. Video by tmj4.comvideo
MILWAUKEE - The bird flu virus at the center of an international debate is stored in a padlocked, electronically secured freezer in a lab at UW-Madison while researchers await permission to continue their work, unlocking its secrets.
What's in the freezer isn't deadly, but the virus circulating in nature is. The Journal Sentinel, along with an NPR reporter from Washington, toured the $12 million lab with the renowned scientist who has exclusive use of this facility, built for his research.
What happened to the ferrets infected with the virus? How would researchers know if the virus escaped into the lab? Could police and firefighters access the lab in an emergency? We have the answers.