Experts ask Kenya to imrpove germ handling security

A team from the U.S. Department of Defense has asked Kenya to improve security at its germ handling laboratories.

The team, led by Republican Senator Richard Lugar, has been in Kenya inspecting the nation's government laboratories. The team has raised concern that some labs  are located too near to residential areas, according to

The visit was prompted by reports that the Kenyan labs were not well protected and that dangerous organisms held there might be ripe to fall into the hands of terrorists.

“The world is full of people keen to use dangerous biological material to achieve their political desires by harming others through diseases,” Senator Lugar said, according to

Lugar went on to say that the U.S. had no actionable intelligence that Kenyan laboratories posed a significant threat. There is also a strong American military presence at local research institutions.

“The fact that Kenyan facilities host a high collection of pathogens underlines the need for greater security as well as in the neighborhoods,” Lugar said after inspecting the Kenya Medical Research Institute, reports.

Kenya has been singled out recently because of its location immediately south of Somalia, which has become a center for terrorist groups. Lugar stressed that the tour was aimed at ensuring cooperation between the United States and Kenya.

The team is expected to recommend stringent vetting procedures for people working or seeking work at local biomedical laboratories and the potential storage of dangerous samples at U.S. run facilitates.

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