62039175 story A Box of Forgotten Smallpox Vials Was Just Found In an FDA Closet 120 120 Posted by Soulskill on Tuesday July 08, 2014 @08:12PM from the thanks-for-making-me-feel-safe dept. Jason Koebler writes: The last remaining strains of smallpox are kept in highly protected government laboratories in Russia and at the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta. And, apparently, in a dusty cardboard box in an old storage room in Maryland. The CDC said today that government workers had found six freeze-dried vials of the Variola virus, which causes smallpox, in a storage room at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland last week. Each test tube had a label on it that said "variola," which was a tip-off, but the agency did genetic testing to confirm that the viruses were, in fact, smallpox.