Only 11 miles from the White House, officials reported last week, six glass vials of variola, the smallpox virus, had been squirreled away for decades in an unguarded cardboard box in a storage room on the National Institutes of Health campus in Bethesda, Md….The discovery marked the third major safety breach in recent weeks at government health and research laboratories.—The New York Times
Did someone see my variola?
I put it with the Coca-cola
With the box that’s marked “Ebola.”
Can someone look behind it?
The anthrax in the mayo jar–
I might have left it at a bar–
Or in the backseat of the car.
I hope the kids don’t find it.
Actually I’ve got a hunch
I might have had it with my lunch.
Mixed it with my tunafish.
Ate it off a petri dish.
The test-tube with the yellow sticky
Has a bug that’s kind of tricky
It’s either flu or HIV.
I wrote it down someplace, but gee–
Why’d you have to go and drop it?
Now we need someone to mop it.
Let’s not make too big an issue
Anybody got a tissue?