This article is from the Hannibal Lecter FAQ, by Cory Compton Coleman email@example.com with numerous contributions by others.
Yes! Plum Island Animal Disease Research Center, of the USDA's Agricultural
Research Service, is home to such fasinating Foot and Mouth Disease
Research Unit, the African Swine Fever Research Unit, and lastly, the
Molecular Pathology Research Unit.
Plum Island has all sorts of gnarly diseases stored there, because the
goverment deems them too deadly to be studied on the mainland. You might
have read about Plum Island in 1996 when researchers there made a big leap
towards an African Swine Fever vaccine.
Plum Island is also home to a wild life refuge, and is noted for, among
other things, its vast diversity of bird species.