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A KILLER death plague could be about to strike Earth from outer space, boffins fear.

The alert comes af­ter sci­en­tists analysing sam­ples taken from the hull of the In­ter­na­tional Space Sta­tion found BUGS that could not have come from our planet.

That means the germs must have come from else­where in the Uni­verse.

The sam­ples have since been locked down in a se­cure un­der­ground vault as ex­perts fear they could lead to an alien SU­PER PLAGUE that could wipe out all life on Earth.

One sci­en­tist, who asked not to be named for fear of reprisals, said: “A bug that could cause noth­ing more than a snif­fle or a tummy ache in a space alien could prove fa­tal to hu­mans, who have no nat­u­ral re­sis­tance.

“These bac­te­ria could at­tack a food crop – such as wheat or rice – and cause star­va­tion and world­wide ri­ot­ing.

“Civil­i­sa­tion could col­lapse within weeks.”

Space­walk­ers take sam­ples and ma­te­ri­als from the out­side of the space sta­tion when they head for “ex­trave­hic­u­lar ac­tiv­ity”.

Those sam­ples are taken to sci­en­tists on Earth, who study them to try and un­der­stand the work­ings of the In­ter­na­tional Space Sta­tion – and pos­si­bly life in space.

An­ton Shkaplerov, a Rus­sian cos­mo­naut who has served on board the space lab, leaked news of the bac­te­ria dis­cov­ery to Rus­sian news agency TASS.

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