News of the WeekEMERGING DISEASES

Canada Dedicates New Human, Animal Labs

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Science  18 Jun 1999:
Vol. 284, Issue 5422, pp. 1902
DOI: 10.1126/science.284.5422.1902a

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Last week the Canadian government dedicated a $100 million facility in Winnipeg, Manitoba, that features side-by-side maximum containment laboratories for the study of viruses that kill animals and humans. The labs are Canada's first biosafety level 4 facilities and represent the only site in the world where scientists will be able to work with livestock to study both the medical and veterinary aspects of zoonotic diseases--diseases that hop from animals to people, including such recent pathogens as the Ebola, Nipah, and Hendra viruses.