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Feds to Guard Contagious Disease Lab

The Department of Homeland Security has assigned agents to supplement private security patrols at an isolated government laboratory that studies contagious animal diseases, a congressman said Wednesday. Federal officers began guarding the Plum Island Animal Disease Center on a part-time basis three weeks ago, Rep. Timothy Bishop said. Two officers have been assigned to the island off the eastern tip of Long Island, according to Thomas Sheridan, the lab’s director of operations. Newsday first reported the deployment in Wednesday’s editions. The Department of Homeland Security took over operations on the island from the Department of Agriculture in June 2003. The facility studies contagious animal diseases such as foot-and-mouth disease and African swine fever. Full Story

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