Thursday, September 15, 2005
Three Mice with the Plague in New Jersey? 
by Lenka Reznicek [permalink] 
Sometimes a rat is just a rat. But sometimes, it's a mouse carrying the bubonic plague:
Three plague-infected lab mice unaccounted for in New JerseyNEWARK, New Jersey (AP) -- Three mice infected with the bacteria responsible for bubonic plague apparently disappeared from a laboratory about two weeks ago, and authorities launched a search though health experts said there was scant public risk.

The mice were unaccounted-for at the Public Health Research Institute, which is on the campus of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and conducts bioterrorism research for the federal government.

Federal officials said the mice may never be accounted for. Among other things, the rodents may have been stolen, eaten by other lab animals or just misplaced in a paperwork error.
As if you needed something else to worry about.