Top U.S. biodefense lab pauses work after safety lapses

Henrietta Strickland
August 8, 2019

The U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) in Frederick, Maryland, studies the highly regulated "select agents" that cause Ebola, plague, tularemia, and other lethal diseases.

The statement said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention made a decision to issue a "cease and desist order" last month to halt the research at Fort Detrick because the center did not have "sufficient systems in place to decontaminate wastewater" from its highest-security labs.

According to its website, USAMRIID has been the US Department of Defense's lead laboratory for medical biological defense research since 1969.

According to the newspaper, CDC made this move after an inspection of the facility yielded a number of problems related to the new chemical-based waste water decontamination system which the base has been employing since the steam sterilization plant they used before was damaged during a storm previous year. A army spokesperson informed the Information-Submit that USAMRIID is trying to rectify the issues, however it's unsure when the lab will begin to work with these brokers once more.

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