US warns Kenya over terror attack from lab germs.
The United States has warned of a possible terror attack from unsecured biological agents stored in Kenya’s health facilities and medical research laboratories.
The warning, contained in a Ministry of Health document released last month, reveals ongoing behind-the-scenes efforts to secure pathogens stored at the Kenya Medical Research Institute (Kemri).
The US government through the Defence Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) is fast-tracking the construction of a secure storage facility at Kemri.
America is footing 90 per cent of the cost of constructing a sample storage facility at Kemri, equivalent to Sh607 million.
The Kenyan government is expected to put up security and CCTV installations for the facility at a cost of Sh50 million plus an additional Sh40 million for running security software for five years.
The document raises concern over the dangers associated with the pathogens found in health facilities and research institutions, terming them a serious threat to national stability.