Fort Detrick

Base Background

Location 810, Schreider Street, Frederick, Maryland, 21702, United States
Years of Operation 1931-Present

Fort Detrick was originally a military airfield, supporting pilot and bomber training through World War II. The government temporarily renamed the site Camp Detrick in 1943 and established the US Army Biological Warfare Laboratories. Biological research facilities expanded on the base. After the Nixon administration outlawed biological research in the 60’s, studies shifted to prevention and treatment.

Fort Detrick is currently home to the Institute of Infectious Diseases, the National Cancer Institute, and U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command. The site was added to the National Priorities List in 2008 due to severe contamination.

Known Toxins

The following chart outlines the toxins associated with this military location and the potential effects of exposure.*

Toxin Potential Effects
Strong Good Limited
PFAS (Firefighting Foam) Potential Effects - - Testicular cancer, Renal (kidney) cancer, Prostate cancer

If you were stationed at Fort Detrick, you may be eligible for compensation for diseases connected to toxic exposure.

*Effects are according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry unless otherwise noted.