By NewsDesk  @bactiman63

In a follow-up on reports of several vials labeled “smallpox” found at a Pennsylvania vaccine facility, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports lab testing on the vials reveals they contain vaccinia, the virus used in smallpox vaccine.

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CDC notes there is no evidence that the vials contain variola virus, the cause of smallpox.

Earlier this week, the U.S. Government was notified of the report of a small number of intact, frozen vials labeled “smallpox” discovered by a laboratory worker while cleaning out a freezer in a facility that conducts vaccine research in Pennsylvania.

The freezer facility was immediately secured and staff followed standard protocols for notifying CDC of such a potential discovery. The vials were sent securely to CDC for testing on November 18 to determine what they contained. No one was exposed to contents of the vials.

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