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miércoles, 7 de febrero de 2018

Rapid deployment of a mobile biosafety level-3 laboratory in Sierra Leone during the 2014 #Ebola virus epidemic

A Mobile Biosafety Level-3 Laboratory (MBSL-3 Lab) and a well-trained diagnostic team were dispatched to Sierra Leone to assist in Ebola virus disease (EVD) diagnosis when the largest outbreak of EVD to date emerged in West Africa in 2014. This setup allowed for the diagnosis of suspected EVD cases in less than 4 hours from the time of sample receiving. The laboratory was composed of three container vehicles and was equipped with advanced ventilation system, communication system, electricity and gas supply system. Multiple safety precautions were strictly applied to reduce exposure risks. A total of 1,635 suspected EVD cases were evaluated from September 28 to November 11, 2014, and none of the staff members was infected with Ebola virus or other pathogens. The China mobile laboratory was thus instrumental in the EVD outbreak response by providing timely and accurate diagnostics. Therefore, the MBSL-3 Lab played a significant role in establishing a suitable laboratory response capacity during the emergence of EVD in Sierra Leone.

REFERENCE:
Zhang, Yi et al. “Rapid Deployment of a Mobile Biosafety Level-3 Laboratory in Sierra Leone during the 2014 Ebola Virus Epidemic.” Ed. Brian Bird. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases 11.5 (2017): e0005622. PMC. Web. 4 Jan. 2018.


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