Animal pathogens studied in safety
Following closure of the main laboratory at the UK's Institute for Animal Health site in Pirbright, which is no longer suitable for high containment work, a £100m laboratory is currently being built on the same site and is expected to be ready in early 2014. In the interim, work is being carried out in a newly-built containment level 4 laboratory known as IS4L.
Following closure of the main laboratory at its Pirbright site, the UKís Institute for Animal Health is building a new high containment laboratory on the same site for much needed research into farm animal pathogens.
The Institute for Animal Health (IAH) in Surrey, UK has recently received the licence to begin work in a newly-built interim SAPO (Specified Animal Pathogens Order 1998) containment level 4 laboratory, known as IS4L for short. This allows the scientists working at the Institute to carry out research on farm animal pathogens that require the highest level of containment. These include foot-and-mouth disease, African swine fever and African horse sickness, among others.
IS4L has been put in place to allow work to continue following closure of the main laboratory at IAHís Pirbright site, which is no longer suitable for high containment work. A new £100m high containment laboratory is currently being built on the same site and is expected to be ready in early 2014. Until then, IS4L has to be the workhorse of IAHís high containment research.
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