Army Biowarfare Lab That Tests Ebola Fails Safety Inspection – Task & Purpose
Research conducted by the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) was halted after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that the lab “failed to meet biosafety standards,” as first reported by The Frederick News-Post.
The research that has been suspended involves “select agents,” the New York Times reports, including the plague, Ebola, smallpox, and other pathogens the government has found to have “the potential to pose a severe threat to public, animal or plant health or to animal or plant products.”
The CDC inspected the military research institute in June and found “several areas of concern in standard operating procedures, which are in place to protect workers in biosafety level 3 and 4 laboratories,” USAMRIID spokeswoman Caree Vander Linden told the News-Post.
According to the CDC, things studied in a biosafety level 3 lab “can be either indigenous or exotic, and they can cause serious or potentially lethal disease through respiratory transmission.”