U.S. Army Lab Halts Germ Research Due to Safety Concerns

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 7, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Research involving Ebola and other deadly microbes has been halted at a U.S. Army lab due to safety concerns.

A "cease and desist order" to stop research at the lab in Fort Detrick, Md. was issued last month by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention because the lab did not have "sufficient systems in place to decontaminate wastewater" from its highest-security labs, The New York Times reported.

"Research is currently on hold," the United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases said in a statement on Friday.

The shutdown is likely to last months, spokeswoman Caree Vander Linden told The Times.

She said there has been no threat to public health, no injuries to employees and no leaks of dangerous material outside the laboratory.

The statement said "national security reasons" prevented the CDC from releasing information about its decision to halt germ research at the lab, The Times reported.

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