Plum Island is an island just off of Long Island, NY was run by the US Department of Agriculture, but is now controlled by the Department of Homeland Security. Plum Island is home to the Plum Island Animal Disease Center which was open in 1954. This island and its research have been shrouded in mystery and conspiracy theories for years. Recently reporters were allowed to visit the island and noted that the scientist that work there are transported by special government ferries and they are under guard.
What is so special about Plum Island?
For 60 years the center has done numerous studies on animal pathogens. Due to the type of research being conducted on the island; access is limited to only authorize personnel. The site is a level 3 biosafety (BSL 3) facility, which means they have viruses and pathogens that can be potentially fatal, but they have cures for already.
Due to the nature of the research on the island, it remains heavily guarded. About four years ago, Affia Sadiqua who is known as one of the most dangerous Al Qaeda operatives, was captured and found in her possession was a list of targets to destroy. On this list was Plum Island. If terrorist were to ever gain access to the viruses on the island and distribute them throughout the world; the outcome could be catastrophic.
There have been some incidents that have occurred on Plum Island, that make the place even more notorious.
1-In 1978, there was an outbreak of Foot and Mouth Disease, which is highly contagious. The virus got out doing a construction project and spread to animals quickly. This caused the slaughter of over 200 animals. There were two additional outbreaks since then. Reportedly, a vaccine for foot and mouth disease by the Plum Island facility has been granted a license by the federal government.
2-On July 12, 2008, there was supposedly an unidentified animal that washed ashore in Montauk, Long Island. There were photos of the creature taken by a young woman who live in Montauk. Many people believe that this creature was some type of animal experiment gone wrong on Plum Island.
3-According to a book written by Michael Christopher called “Lab 257: The Disturbing Story of the Government’s Secret Plum Island Germ Laboratory,” there is suspicion about several diseases that have shown up in areas close to Plum Island. Duck plague, Lyme disease and West Nile virus all suddenly appeared on the east coast and according to Mr. Christopher, these disease or direct result of virus contamination from the island.
Change In Location
The Animal Disease Center was supposed to be moved from Plum Island to Manhattan, KS. There have been many people in the Manhattan, KS. community are opposed to this move because of the possibility of contamination to the livestock in the heartland. Additional studies are being done to ensure that maximum safety precautions are in place to protect the public.
Plum Island is a place where animal diseases are studied and possible vaccines are discovered. This research facility has been protecting livestock in America from foreign animal diseases since 1954. This is the story that the US Department of Agriculture and the Department of Homeland Security tells us about the facility. No matter what really happens inside of this facility, the mysteries and strange incidents make for great mysteries and conspiracy theories.