Protective Suits Go MIA at Paris Hospital
As French PM warned of potential biological weapons attack
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 23, 2015 8:50 AM CST
Belgium's Interior Minister Jan Jambon, left, walks by a police officer as he arrives at a Belgian National Security Council meeting in Brussels on Sunday.   (Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
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(Newser) – The authority for the Paris public hospitals says a number of protective health outfits, similar to those worn by people dealing with the Ebola virus, have gone missing from a locked room in one of the city's hospitals. Following the incident in the Necker hospital, a formal complaint was filed on Thursday, the same day Prime Minister Manuel Valls said in the National Assembly "there may also be a risk of chemical and bacteriological weapons" used by attackers.

The public AP-HP authority said Sunday a "limited number" of suits were missing but wouldn't confirm media reports saying a dozen hermetic protective overalls, three dozen pairs of special boots resistant to chemical agents, gloves, and anti-bacterial masks have disappeared. The AP-HP said the missing items were stored with other materials in code-locked premises but that many staff had access to the room to pick up ordinary supplies. Since the incident was discovered on Wednesday, security has been reinforced at that room.