Red Ice News

The Future is the Past

Scientists charged with smuggling contagious germs
New to Red Ice? Start Here!

Scientists charged with smuggling contagious germs

Source: timeslive.co.za


Canadian federal police on Wednesday charged two former government scientists with allegedly trafficking in dangerous and highly contagious germs.

Klaus Nielsen and Wei Ling Yu, former researchers at the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), are accused of attempting to export harmful pathogens that could infect humans and livestock to China.

Nielsen was apprehended as he was heading to the Ottawa airport last October with 17 vials of live brucella bacteria, which can cause infections of bovine reproductive organs, joints and mammary glands, as well as infertility.

It mostly affects cattle, deer and horses, but can also be passed on to humans and cause flu-like symptoms. There is no vaccine and the only way to control its spread is to cull animals suspected of being infected.

Nielsen was reportedly praised in 2006 for helping to develop a quick test for detecting brucellosis in cattle.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said he and Yu were allegedly making "unlawful efforts to commercialize (the) intellectual property belonging to the CFIA and a private commercial partner."

US company Diachemix currently manufactures and licenses the test.

Nielsen is to appear in an Ottawa court on April 17 to face charges of breach of trust, failing to obtain an export permit, transporting dangerous goods, and violations under Canada’s Human Pathogens and Toxins Act.

A warrant has been issued for Yu’s arrest but she is believed to have already fled the country.

Article from: timeslive.co.za

Comments

We're Hiring

We are looking for a professional video editor, animator and graphics expert that can join us full time to work on our video productions.

Apply

Help Out

Sign up for a membership to support Red Ice. If you want to help advance our efforts further, please:

Donate

Tips

Send us a news tip or a
Guest suggestion

Send Tip

Related News

Former IT Staffer for Wasserman-Schultz Caught Attempting to Flee the Country, Charged with Bank Fraud
Former IT Staffer for Wasserman-Schultz Caught Attempting to Flee the Country, Charged with Bank Fraud
British Men Jailed in France for Smuggling Migrants on Private Plane
British Men Jailed in France for Smuggling Migrants on Private Plane

Archives Pick

Red Ice T-Shirts

Red Ice Radio

3Fourteen

How Right Wing Is Japan Today?
Yoko Mada - How Right Wing Is Japan Today?
European Cooking & Philosophy
Elisabeth - European Cooking & Philosophy

TV

Why I Support the NFL Protests - Operation Reinhard
Why I Support the NFL Protests - Operation Reinhard
Ijzerwake (Wake of Iron): Highlights from Flemish Cultural Festival
Ijzerwake (Wake of Iron): Highlights from Flemish Cultural Festival

RSSYoutubeGoogle+iTunesSoundCloudStitcherTuneIn

Design by Henrik Palmgren © Red Ice Privacy Policy