©1999 Tara Waterman
Biosafety Level 4 Laboratory Suites
All research done on infectious Ebola and Marburg are done in a maximum biological
containment setup known as Biosafety Level 4 (BSL4). BSL4 laboratories require
extremely specialized equipment to prevent the spread of the pathogens that are
investigated in them. If unauthorized construction of a BSL4 lab were to begin,
the authorities would be alerted by people purchasing the BSL4 lab equipment.
Ebola is stable and remains infective at room temperature (20°C), but it is
mostly destroyed at 60°C. Its infectivity is also terminated by gamma and
ultraviolet radiation, lipid solvents (dissolves the outer lipid membrane), ß-propiolactone,
and commercial hypochlorite (bleach) and phenolic disinfectants.
Ebola Outbreak Precautionary Measures
Nonhuman Primate Quarantine Regulations
After the Ebola Reston outbreaks in Reston, Virginia and Alice, Texas, the authorities
have implemented a more rigorous quarantine program for imported monkeys.
- Fields, Bernard, ed. " Filoviridae: Marburg and Ebola Viruses." Field's Virology, Third Edition. Lippincott-Raven: New York. 1996. 1161-1176.