Army germ research lab in Md. that was working on Ebola treatment is shut down by CDC
by Diana DiGangi, Aug, 17 2019
FREDERICK, Md. (ABC7) — Maryland lawmakers and locals are asking for answers after an infectious disease research lab operated by the Department of Defense out of Frederick was shut down by the Centers for Disease Control.
The U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases received a cease and desist order from the CDC on July 15. Maryland lawmakers are now asking why Congress wasn’t notified of this order.
The Army Times reports that the shutdown order was due to infrastructure issues that the lab says didn’t pose any risks to its employees or the environment.
Some of USAMRIID’s recent work had been on an experimental Ebola vaccine, which they say had successfully protected monkeys from the virus.
The last update the lab published on this work was released on March 28, when USAMRIID announced the FDA had approved a drug candidate for Ebola treatment in humans that was based off of the monkey trials … Read more.