While I’ve already posted the information that research at the military’s leading biodefense center in Fort Detrick, Maryland is being suspended due to problems with disposal of dangerous materials, https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/2019/08/07/fort-detrick-lab-shut-down-after-failed-safety-inspection-all-research-halted-indefinitely/, this article includes a list of select agents and toxins considered a potential severe threat to human and animal health. Article found here: https://ww w.nytimes.com/2019/08/05/health/germs-fort-detrick-biohazard.html
The institute, which has about 900 employees, studies germs and toxins that could be used to threaten the military or public health. It also investigates disease outbreaks and carries out research projects for government agencies, universities and drug companies, which pay for the work.
The select agents and toxins list is found here. According to the NBACC website, the facility conducts research on pathogens for which there is no vaccine or treatment. https://www.selectagents.gov/SelectAgentsandToxinsList.html
Interestingly, the following from the list are transmitted by ticks:
- Coxiella burnetii (Q fever)
- Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever virus
- Francisella tularensis (Tularemia)
- Tick-borne encephalitis complex viruses
- Brucella abortus, melitensis, and suis http://www.cfsph.iastate.edu/Factsheets/pdfs/brucellosis.pdf“brucellae including B. melitensis and B. abortus have been detected in some blood-sucking arthropods, B. abortus was transmitted to guinea pigs via tick bites in the laboratory, and transovarial transmission of B. melitensis was reported in ticks.“
- Rift valley Fever virus http://digitalknowledge.cput.ac.za/bitstream/11189/2043/3/Nchu_F_Rand_A_AppSci_2013.pdf
- Mycoplasma strains http://lyme-basics.com/what-is-lyme-disease/co-infection-mycoplasma/
It is interesting the lab is suddenly closing down at the exact time an amendment passes the House telling the Department of Defense to investigate tick bioweaponization….
Burgdorfer, the discoverer of the Lyme bacterium, was a key member of this project team. He worked on weaponizing ticks and teamed up with fellow tick expert James Oliver at the Ft. Detrick bioweapons headquarters to develop ways to mass produce infected ticks so that they could be dropped from airplanes on enemy territory. These claims are backed up by interviews with these scientists, as well as with extensive government documentation from multiple reliable sources, all listed in BITTEN…(the book by Kris Newby).
Dr. Burgdorfer, “was engaged for 3 years on classified projects (Army) from which findings could not be published because of their impact on national defense.” https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/2019/08/06/kris-newby-responds-to-telfords-criticism-of-bitten/
Another article on the lab assisting the FBI: http://www.progressive-charlestown.com/2017/06/just-hold-your-breath.html