The Plum Island Animal Disease Center – located a mile off Long Island, New York – is the center of controversy in regards to the development and release of Lyme disease, among other known infectious diseases that could escape from the lab and transmit between animals and humans.
This biolab has been used by the US government for several decades to develop defensive strategies to protect against foreign animal diseases that could be accidentally or intentionally introduced into US livestock.
This is the government’s official story; however, documents uncovered from the lab in 1993 by investigative reporter John McDonald, detailed Plum Island’s true mission and tell a very different story. According to the documents, the lab existed to “develop biological warfare weaponry that would be used to poison cattle and other livestock in the former Soviet Union.” In other words, the biolab was working on OFFENSIVE bioweapons that could be used to take down livestock in other countries.
Plum Island lab has Nazi origins, involved in the development of offensive bioweapons
The Plum Island biolab was also founded with nefarious intentions. The biolab was founded after the Second World War to develop offensive bioweapons. The US government, under Operation Paperclip, brought in Nazi bioweapon expert Erich Traub. Traub is widely regarded as the “godfather” of the lab. Traub had previously worked in the Baltic on an island called Riems. His mission was to develop offensive bioweapons that would poison cattle in the Soviet Union, crippling the enemy’s food supply and spreading infectious diseases that could transmit between animals and humans.
Plum Island was operated by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) up until 2003. It is currently managed by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). After DHS took over, different parts of this animal disease research have been shifted to other laboratories around the country.
Today, scientists at Plum Island are tasked with identifying the pathogens that cause foreign animal diseases. They research these diseases so they can develop diagnostics, treatments and profitable vaccines. The list of animal diseases studied there includes but is not limited to: African swine fever, Brucellosis, classical swine fever, foot and mouth disease, Nipah virus, Rift Valley fever, Rinderpest, Sheep and goat pox, vesicular stomatitis, and West Nile virus. Many of these pathogens infect both animals and humans.
Cleaning and disinfection are an important factor in avoiding the mess that we just went through.