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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Indonesia : RI to partner with WHO for influenza lab

Via The Jakarta Post, excerpt :

" Indonesia says it wants to certify a proposed level-3 biosafety laboratory (BSL-3) with the World Health Organization to research the interface of human-animal infectious diseases, specifically avian influenza.

Health Minister Endang Rahayu Sedyaningsih said on Thursday that the lab, to be operated by the National Institute of Health Research and Development (NIHRD), would investigate animal-borne infectious diseases.

“We have been longing to make our BSL-3 laboratory a WHO collaborating center for infectious disease research at the human-animal interface,” Endang said.

Many infectious diseases, such as H5N1 or avian influenza, are the product of animal viruses that can spread to humans.

Certified laboratory equipment and facilities are a prerequisite for becoming a WHO collaborating center.

Indonesian Biorisk Association (IBA) chairwoman Herawati Sudoyo, said improved management was needed to prevent the accidental release or intentional misuse of pathogens."

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