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Dangers from Maximum Security Biohazard Laboratories

08/14/2019

A recent audit by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention carried out on the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) disclosed deficiencies in biocontainment and decontamination of waste-water.

 

The military laboratory “studies” selected agents responsible for Ebola, plague, anthrax and other lethal diseases that have potential biological warfare application.  Deficiencies in containment represent a hazard to both workers at institutes and the population surrounding these establishments. 

 

EGG-NEWS has previously documented failures in biocontainment at major establishments including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a Russian bio-warfare laboratory in Ekaterinberg, Pirbright Laboratory in the U.K. and various universities and institutes in Africa, the EU and the U.S.

Rotation of employees without training and re-training, deviations from accepted standard operating procedures attributable to familiarity and the failure to maintain equipment can all contribute to release of pathogens.

 

Those responsible for planning, implementing and managing the new National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility equipped with BL-4 laboratories should be cognizant of risks and consequences of a release of either a zoonotic or animal-specific pathogen and should exercise the utmost safety.