Animal biosafety level 3 facility - enhancements when dealing with large animals

Francesc Xavier Abad, David Solanes, Mariano Domingo

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© 2014 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA. Working with livestock pathogens in ABSL-3 laboratories requires an additional set of technical support and maintenance systems not needed for BSL-3 laboratories. ABSL-3 laboratories need a flexible concept to allow keeping of animals of different sizes and needs in a BSL-3 containment. This requires additional technical infrastructure for moving in animals and feed and for decontaminating manure and other soils as well as carcasses. The maintenance of experimental procedures and the decontamination of stables after experiments have finished ask for additional considerations in the biosafety routine.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWorking in Biosafety Level 3 and 4 Laboratories: A Practical Introduction
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 6 Sep 2014


  • Animal biosafety level
  • Flexibility
  • HEPA filtration
  • Incinerators
  • Large animal biosafety level
  • Necropsy rooms
  • Redundancy
  • Sterilized air system
  • Waste decontamination


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