It's finally official; the recent outbreak of foot and mouth disease in the UK was due to poor maintenance at the government operated Institute for Animal Health (IAH) at Pirbright in Surrey. IAH operated at the highest levels of biosecurity; disease escapes were essentially impossible, or, at least that's what University of Wisconsin, Madison spokespersons repeatedly told the public as they tried and failed to sell the idea of hosting Homeland Security's NBAF, another lab that will be working at the highest levels of biosecurity.
UK Environment Secretary Hilary Benn said, "There can be no excuse for the fact that foot and mouth escaped from the Pirbright facility. It should not be possible."
In other news concerning the risks of trusting "experts" in matters associated with infectious disease research and biocontainemt, the Sunshine Project has uncovered additional instances of the system's failure and the resultant risk to public health.
The people telling us that all is well, not to be alarmed, are the same ones telling us that the animals used in these labs are well cared for.