Things That Don’t Help You Sleep At Night

Let’s see.  Today we are hearing more than we want to know about the swine flu.  Two fighter jets escorted a Boeing 747 from the Air Force One Fleet and caused a bit of a panic in New York City and some buildings were evacuated (this was done for a photo op).  Next, according to the website,  Fort Detrick, the Army’s main biodefense laboratory has lost its samples of Venezuelan Equine Encephalitis (VEE) virus.  Not to worry, the samples were rather small.  The virus only causes a flu-like illness; it can be fatal due to brain inflammation, but that is rare.  There is supposedly only a small sample of this virus, so it’s quite possible there was just a glitch in the system that tracks these things.  The virus could have died in the refrigerator and someone threw it out without making note of the incident.  That happens in my refrigerator all the time.  Beam me up, Scotty!