This 1975 file electronmicrograph from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows the smallpox virus. Workers cleaning a storage room at the National Institute of Health’s campus in Maryland made a startling discovery last week: decades-old vials of smallpox forgotten in a cardboard box.
This 1975 file electronmicrograph from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows the smallpox virus. Workers cleaning a storage room at the National Institute of Health’s campus in Maryland made a startling discovery last week: decades-old vials of smallpox forgotten in a cardboard box. CDC/File photo AP
This 1975 file electronmicrograph from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows the smallpox virus. Workers cleaning a storage room at the National Institute of Health’s campus in Maryland made a startling discovery last week: decades-old vials of smallpox forgotten in a cardboard box. CDC/File photo AP

Smallpox vials turn up in an old storage box

July 08, 2014 8:55 PM