China's first biosafety level-4 lab (BSL-4) for large animals became operational after being accredited by the China National Accreditation Service for Conformity Assessment.
At a research facility in Gabon, one isolated building stands behind an electrified fence, under round-the-clock scrutiny by video cameras. The locked-down P4 lab is built to handle the world's most dangerous viruses, including Ebola.
The US Army for Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) has suspended Biosafety Level 3 (BSL-3) and Biosafety Level 4 (BSL-4) operations while conducting repairs to its waste treatment plant.
The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) developed a videoconferencing and multimedia network to be used during laboratory work, because although video conferencing already exists, many labs cannot use it in real time mostly due to the special circumstances in biocontainment labs.
The existing facility will need to be replaced by 2023.
Boston University’s National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratory (NEIDL) has received its final approval, and could begin studying Ebola and other viruses in a few months.
Researchers discussed working inside a BSL4 laboratory, the outlook for an effective ebola vaccine, and how to work with ebola-infected fruit bats in a BSL4 lab.
The Wuhan national bio-safety level four laboratory, of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, is part of Sino-French cooperation in prevention and control of emerging infectious diseases.
Outbreaks of serious infectious diseases have tripled since 1980, increasing demands on the handful of labs in the US that research deadly pathogens.
The laboratory will be used for tuberculosis and multidrug resistant tuberculosis diagnosis and treatment. The lab will also be able to handle emerging infectious agents.