- Hello Jeff - It is looking more like we can have our
Plum Island and Keep it, Too! Plum Island East, Long Island and Plum Island
West, Kansas. I do wish to mention below the article mentions "Hoof
and Mouth Disease." This is an improper term, the disease is "Foot
and Mouth Disease.
- In any event, I can understand the worry of the farming
community in the surrounding area as once Foot and Mouth Disease gets loose
from the facility, the entire US livestock industry will be at risk.
- It has never been fully explained why a new lab could
not be built on the existing Plum Island on Long Island, NY. Why was it
necessary to move the facility, scientists etc, to Kansas. I understand
they did not want to refurbish the existing research facilities at Plum
Island East, but why not simply build a new facility on the island? Building
a new facility in Kansas will be as costly, even more so because they have
to buy property for the facility.
- Are they going to be working on pathogens so deadly that
an escape near a major international City and airport would get the world's
attention? Manhattan, KS is not as densely populated as New York City
and environs and thus, a deadly disease would spread like wildfire in such
- I hope the reason for the move to 'Plum Island West'
will be thoroughly explained to us.
- 'Plum Island' Kansas Gets Money To Begin Construction
- April 16th, 2011
- Even in times when money is scarce and budgets need to
be tightened, Congress still finds a way to fund some programs. One such
project is the construction of Biosafety Level-3 and -4 laboratories.
- Friday, Kansas Governor Sam Brownback thanked members
of the Kansas congressional delegation in helping to secure the money for
construction of the new "Plum Island" in the middle of the heartland.
- Congress approved $40 million, as part of the 2011 continuing
resolution passed this week, to begin construction on the somewhat controversial
National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility in Manhattan, Kansas.
- Transplanting Plum Island to Kansas: is the country's
food supply at risk?
- And that's just the beginning. President Obama included
$150 million in his 2012 fiscal budget.
- The new facility, which will conduct research about deadly
and highly infectious animal diseases, is now expected to open by 2018.
However, work there will commence while construction is ongoing.
- The new BSL-4 facility at Kansas State University will
replace the aging and ever full of conspiratorial stories facility, Plum
Island Animal Disease Center just miles off of Long Island.
- According to a report by David Twiddy of the Kansas City
- The National Research Council has warned that an accidental
or intentional release of hoof-and-mouth disease from the facility could
have a dire effect on the nation's cattle industry, but federal authorities
have pushed ahead, saying the dangers are manageable.
- Patricia A. Doyle DVM, PhD Bus Admin, Tropical Agricultural
Economics Univ of West Indies Please visit my "Emerging Diseases"
message board at: http://www.emergingdisease.org/phpbb/index.php Also my
new website: http://drpdoyle.tripod.com/ Zhan le Devlesa tai sastimasa
Go with God and in Good Health
- Benjamin Franklin said, "They that
- can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary
- neither liberty nor safety."