January 9, 2008

Eeek! Mice on a Plane!

China scurries to contain mice on U.S. flight
BEIJING (Reuters) - The United States, concerned about tainted imports from China, has exported its own batch of potentially harmful goods to Beijing in the form of mice on a flight from Washington, state media said Tuesday.
Chinese inspectors found eight mice, dead and alive, on a United Airlines flight to Beijing after the airline reported the stowaways to local quarantine officials upon landing on Sunday afternoon, Xinhua news agency said.
[…]"Eight mice, dead and (alive), were found at last ... hidden in pillows," the agency said.
The surviving mice were sent to labs for testing, it said.
The incident was reported in most newspapers Tuesday, citing experts warning of dozens of fatal viruses that the mice could spread, and the risk of deadly accidents from them chewing through the plane's wiring and circuits....

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