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U.N. HEALTH AGENCY FINDS LAST SAMPLE OF KILLER VIRUS

All samples of the killer influenza virus mistakenly sent outside the United States have been destroyed except for one in Lebanon, the U.N. health agency said today.

The sample that had gone missing in Beirut "was found at the airport," said Maria Cheng, spokeswoman for the World Health Organization.

Dr. Walid Ammar, director general of Lebanon's Health Ministry, said in Beirut that the sample was being kept "in a safe place" until the ministry was instructed on whether to destroy it or send it back to the College of American Pathologists.

Cheng said WHO had contacted the College of American Pathologists "to see if they would accept this package back or if they wanted to ship it to another lab to be destroyed."

Previously unaccounted for samples sent to Mexico and South Korea already have been destroyed, she said.

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