Photo: CDC points out that there are a number of violations in the detrickburg biological laboratory, and there is a risk of leakage of high-risk preparations. /Internet pictures
The U.S. Army Institute of infectious disease medicine in Fort Detrick has recently become the focus of attention. In July 2019, the U.S. military research institute where Ebola, anthrax and other lethal “specific biological agents and toxins” were stored was suddenly shut down. Subsequently, unexplained respiratory diseases and extremely serious influenza outbreaks occurred in nearby areas and even in the United States. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has previously found at least six violations in the fort derrick laboratory, including a number of leaks, but Washington declined to release details on the grounds of “national security.”. China’s foreign ministry has repeatedly urged Washington to respond to the concerns of the international community and the petitions of the American people and open the laboratory to the World Health Organization for investigation. /Ta Kung Pao reporter Sun Shu
Since its establishment in 1943, there have been many accidents in the fort Detrick biological laboratory in Frederick, Maryland, including the death of civilian employees, the loss of lethal strains, the leakage of viruses and chemicals, and the involvement of scientific researchers in anthrax attacks. Residents nearby have been protesting for decades, demanding rectification or direct closure.
In June 2019, CDC found at least six violations of federal regulations on handling specific biological agents and toxins in this US military’s only biosafety level IV laboratory during routine inspection. On July 12, 2019, the CDC sent a letter expressing concern; on July 15, 2019, the CDC asked the detrickburg laboratory to stop operation. However, for the sake of national security, the CDC refused to disclose the details of the violation and did not disclose which biological agents were involved, causing strong public dissatisfaction.
Employees deliberately open the door to spread drugs
The US Military Times quoted the freedom of information act to ask the authorities for the CDC investigation report, but many key contents have been deleted. According to the public part, the detrickburg laboratory has failed to implement and continuously implement measures to preserve specific preparations and toxins;. One of the six violations involved two leakage accidents, but what was leaked and what consequences were not known.
Another violation is the “systematic failure” of laboratory staff in implementing biosafety and control measures;. CDC inspectors found that a staff member deliberately opened the door of the high-pressure sterilization room when transferring hazardous waste. The report reads: & lt; such violations increase the pollution of air from The risk of entering the room into the high-pressure sterilization room, and the personnel in the sterilization room did not wear respiratory protective equipment. ”
In addition, the sewage treatment system of the laboratory has also failed. In May 2018, the steam disinfection plant originally used in the laboratory was destroyed by the storm, and the research had to be suspended for several months until the new chemical decontamination system was put into use. However, CDC found mechanical failure and leakage in the new system during inspection.
The CDC also pointed out that the laboratory does not even have a “comprehensive and accurate” list of specific biological agents, which is reminiscent of the loss of dozens of dangerous samples such as anthrax around 1991.
Query on random deletion of reports
In February 2020, the US media disclosed that the Pentagon had recovered more than US $100 million in funds from the detrickburg laboratory and another institution, but it still did not explain why.
At the end of covid-19 in March 2020, with the expansion of the new crown in the United States, CDC approved the restoration of the Fort Worth biology laboratory and fully restored its qualification to carry out &ldquo, specific biological agents and toxin &rdquo. Almost at the same time, a large number of English reports about laboratory closures were deleted. The suspicion of American netizens about it has also reached its peak.
American netizen b.z. listed his doubts in detail on the White House petition website, pointing out that before and after the closure of Fort derrick, there was an unknown respiratory disease in the nearby area. Then, the so-called “e-cigarette pneumonia” suddenly broke out in the United States, but experts and the media were concerned about “e-cigarette induced lung injury”; Then, the United States ushered in a very serious influenza epidemic, and the “e-cigarette pneumonia” seemed to disappear suddenly.
Several residents living near Fort Detrich said they or their families suffered from unknown respiratory diseases in the fourth quarter of 2019, and doctors have not been able to determine the cause. After the new covid-19 epidemic is widely known, some people want to test the antibody to confirm whether the new infection is new crown virus, but it is rejected. The netizen complained: “it seems that [the US government] deliberately doesn’t want us to know. ”