WASHINGTON – It sounds like a storied science fiction movie: Government agency decides to use ticks and other insects to spread diseases and kill enemies, but the ticks have come out and have infected the people of the country.
Chris Smith says he may not be too exaggerated.
He won Parliament's approval so that the Defense Ministry's General Inspectorate can investigate whether the Pentagon actually looked at the use of ticks stuffed with pathogens as biological weapons during the Cold War, starting in the 1950s. articles that accuse the Pentagon, and perhaps some of the ticks and insects came out and helped spread disease, especially Lyme disease.
"If that's not true, let's rest," says Smith, R-4th Dist. "For the sake of public health, we must demand these answers." “/>
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House Democrats allowed Smith to submit an amendment to start the study, then joined the Republicans with a unanimous addition to legislation.
"With Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases exploding in the United States – with approximately 300,000 to 437,000 newly diagnosed cases every year and 10-20% of all patients with chronic Lyme disease – Americans have right to know if any of this is true, "said Smith. "And whether these experiments led to the mutation and spread of Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases?"
Since such a provision is not in the Senate version of the bill, Congress negotiators will make sure Smith does say he talks with Senate leaders to win their climb.
The Association of Diseases in Lime urges senators to agree to the study.
"We know the government is doing other kinds of experiments during that time," said Pat Smith, president of the Jackson Group, New Jersey. – Absolutely a look. The public must know whether this has happened.
] "There may be something in the study that would help patients improve or limit the spread of ticks across the country," Smith said. [email@example.com] im on Twitter @JDSalant or Facebook . Find NJ.com Politics on Facebook .
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