Three mice infected with the bacteria that cause bubonic plague have gone missing from a laboratory in Newark, New Jersey. Authorities have launched a search for the animals and an investigation into how they might have escaped. But researchers are quick to add that the mice, even if they are on the loose, pose little risk to the public.
As though Newark would be any more dangerous with three plague-carrying mice on the loose.
The notable thing about the story is that plague research is supposed to take place in high-security labs and scientists aren’t even sure the mice escaped.