Report: Plum Island lab least costly site for pathogen leak risk
The DHS said the chances of an outbreak from foot and mouth disease or other pathogens that escape the new lab would be "extremely low" if the facility was built to government safety standards. But the economic cost of an outbreak could surpass $4 billion if the lab were built near livestock in Kansas or Texas.
BY BILL BLEYER
WASHINGTON — A Department of Homeland Security analysis of potential locations for a laboratory to replace the Plum Island Animal Disease Center says the cost of escaping pathogens to the national economy would be greater at five mainland sites than a leak from a new facility on Plum Island.
Plum Island, off the northern shore of Long Island, N.Y., is seen in this undated aerial file photo. (AP Photo/USDA-ARS, File)