State of the art BSL3 laboratory
By S van Niekerk
Posted on 20 March 2012
The Department Medical Virology, Zoonoses Research Unit boasts a new state of the art BSL3 laboratory that was manufactured in the USA by Germfree Inc.
The new BSL3 laboratory was shipped to South Africa in March 2011.
Some arboviruses are classified as biosafety level 3 agents and therefore this new facility will enable the unit to work safely with specimens from human, farm- and wild animals and also to try and isolate from these specimens which were previously not permitted. Commisioning of this laboratory is in progress and to help with this process the University has employed a Biosecurity and Zoonotic Disease Consultant, Prof R Swanepoel.