Is Lyme Disease a Biological Warfare Agent?

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Plum Island Animal Disease Center

Plum Island Animal Disease Center

Conspiracy theorists have been saying it for years, and though the Department of Homeland Security claims it’s absolutely untrue, a stack of unsettling coincidences seem to link Plum Island research to Lyme disease.

Plum Island is less than 10 miles off the coast of Lyme, Connecticut, where Lyme disease was first diagnosed and which has the highest number of reported cases of Lyme disease of any area in the country. Just off Long Island, Plum Island Animal Disease Center was opened in 1954 during the Cold War with the stated goal of researching animal diseases in order to protect livestock. The USDA claims that a pathogen has never escaped from the island, but there are still a few unnerving possible connections.

Some people claim that Plum Island was involved in “Project Paperclip,” a program in which Nazi scientists are said to have been recruited to study biological warfare on the island.

When the Centers of Disease Control opened Margaret Batts Tobin Laboratory Building in Texas, they announced that the facility would be used to study diseases identified as potential bioterrorism agents, including anthrax, tularemia, cholera, and Lyme disease.

Finally, there’s no denying that research on tick-borne diseases has been done at Plum Island, as published research papers available on PubMed attest.

Do you think there will ever be an investigation, or should there be one?