CDC permits partial operations at DOD’s lead lab for medical biological defense research

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has approved reopening and partial operations of the US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID), the U.S. Department of Defense’s (DOD’s) lead laboratory for medical biological defense research. Over the summer, research was put on hold at the USAMRIID’s Fort Detrick, MD., location following a federal government-ordered shutdown that prompted a major reset of the institute’s biosafety program.

NAU maintaining lab safety

Northern Arizona University’s (NAU's) biosafety and security practices have been as airtight since the lab of pathogen geneticist Paul Keim, one of the largest anthrax labs in the country, was closed by federal regulators for three months.

Occupational Zika Risks for Lab and Biomedical Researchers

Investigators from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health within the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration emphasized that there is a risk of Zika exposure for those working in the lab setting. The agencies received reports of three Zika virus exposure incidents related to occupational exposure in a lab setting during the period of heightened disease transmission around the world.