Investigation Activities

  • Consulting with cancer data experts at the State and concerned local community members, in order to define the initial geographic area for analysis of cancer rates and the specific cancers to be evaluated.
  • Holding community meetings to address health and environmental concerns.
  • Fielding questions and seeking answers from public health and environmental specialists such as DHMH, the Maryland Department of the Environment, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry as well as from persons working at Ft. Detrick.
  • Communicating the progress of the cancer cluster investigation and providing responses to questions that are raised. Updates will be provided on this website and communicated at the community meetings sponsored by the Health Department.
  • Fort Detrick announced January 19, 2011 that the National Academy of Sciences’ Committee on Toxicology (NAS-COT) has been engaged by Fort Detrick to conduct a peer review of key public health reports and studies concerning environmental contamination and remediation efforts at Fort Detrick, Md., and potential public health effects. See the link to the NAS media release and report issued March 5, 2012 that found the state and local health department's analyses of cancer incidence rates to be in general scientifically sound and of high quality.