And I want it back—I want my life back from being taken hostage by stealth pathogens that might, or might not, have been engineered as bioweapons.
The book to read is written by Michael Christopher Carroll, titled Lab 257: The Disturbing Story of the Government’s Secret Germ Laboratory.
The blurb on the back cover: “Based on declassified government documents, in-depth interviews, and access to Plum Island itself, this is an eye-opening, suspenseful account of a federal government germ laboratory gone terribly wrong. For the first time, Lab 257 takes you deep inside this secret world and presents startling revelations on virus outbreaks, biological meltdowns, infected workers, the periodic flushing of contaminated raw sewage into area waters, and the insidious connections between Plum Island, Lyme disease, and the deadly West Nile virus.”
And need we mention—if you ever have the misfortune of finding yourself teleported onto the sandy shores of Plum Island, New York (don’t get bit by a tick)—it is a mere 10 mile drift across the cold, choppy waters of the Atlantic Ocean to the town of Old Lyme, Connecticut.
Indeed, the very epicenter of the outbreak of an unknown disease in 1975 that would come to be called Lyme.
It’s not my disease. It’s my LIFE. And I want it back.