A former employee of the Ukrainian scientific institute was accused of stealing a strain of avian virus from a laboratory for sale, according to the Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine.
According to the agency, a former employee of the institute, who oversaw the storage of production and control strains of viruses at the National Center, took out vials with a strain of the Newcastle bird disease virus from the laboratory.
Moreover, in order to hide the traces, she acted in a scientific way-deliberately reducing the number of initial samples to obtain a new passage of the virus.
The virus, according to the investigation, she intended to sell and kept at home in the refrigerator. The stolen goods were found during a search. She could face up to five years in prison.
Newcastle bird disease is an acute and rapidly spreading viral disease in which the respiratory organs and central nervous system are affected in birds, which can lead to their mass death.