Security problems in the well-known military laboratory in the US has led to the fact that the government has stopped research involving dangerous germs such as Ebola.
“Research is currently suspended”, – is spoken in the statement published Medical research Institute of infectious diseases U.S. army at Fort Detrick (Maryland). Press Secretary Cary Vander Linden statedthat the stop will last for several months.
The statement said that the Centers for control and prevention of diseases (CDC) issued a decree on the suspension of research at Fort Detrick, because the center was not “sufficient systems for disinfection of wastewater from laboratories with the highest level of security.”
According to Vander Linden, threats to public health and workers no leaks of hazardous materials outside the laboratory was not.
The CDC cited “reasons of national security” as justification for refusal to provide information about your decision.
Institute in Maryland is a center of biological protection, where he studied microbes and toxins that could be used for military threats or public health, as well as investigating disease outbreaks. Then investigate the Ebola virus, smallpox, anthrax and plague, as well as the poison ricin.
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According to Vander Linden, the problems arose in may 2018, when the storms have flooded and destroyed many years of steam sterilizing installation, which the Institute used to clean waste water from its laboratories. Later, the Institute has developed a new system of decontamination using chemicals, but during the June CDC inspection revealed that the new procedures are not followed consistently. The inspectors also found mechanical problems with the decontamination system based on chemical substances, as well as leakage in the laboratory.
By the way, in 2009, the research Institute at Fort Detrick has been suspended because it contains pathogens that are not listed in its database.
The Institute also worked with Bruce E. Ivins, a microbiologist who was the main suspect in the anthrax mailings in 2001 (5 people died). Dr. Ivins died in 2008, believed to be suicide.
Lab viruses, Ebola, plague and anthrax, has not been tested by the CDC, research has suspended updated: August 9, 2019 author: Alina Dykman