If you live on Long Island, in Connecticut, or the New York metro area you might want to read more about Lab 257. What you don’t know can kill you, because what you have is a biological "Three Mile Island".
LAB 257 is a story of medical and biological experimentation and achievement, shadowed by concealment, carelessness and poor management.
Off the North Fork of Long Island, within sight of the sailors, Hamptons vacationers and passengers of the Connecticut ferry, lies a bucolic little island that holds some of the deadliest pathogens known to man. It is Plum Island, a historic place that has been an Indian outpost, a farm, a coastal defense fort, an army training facility, a mutinous factory, and a biological warfare laboratory. Today it is the site of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal Disease Research Center.
There animals are regularly infected with lethal viruses—African Swine Fever, Japanese Encephalitis, Rift Valley Fever, Foot and Mouth Disease—then studied, killed, and dissected in the name of research. They are then incinerated and buried in massive pits. The experiments and research conducted on the island are designed to protect the nation’s $90 billion livestock industry from disease and destruction. But what really goes on behind the walls of this secret government installation has been anybody’s guess.
Is there a connection between Plum Island, Lyme disease, and the deadly 1999 West Nile virus outbreak?
Lab 257 by Michael Christopher Carroll
The Truth About Plum Island [rense.com]
Lab 257 review [curledup.com]
USDA Research at the Plum Island Animal Disease Center
Friday, February 20, 2004