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University of Wyoming biosafety laboratory being re-designed to allow research on brucellosis


LARAMIE, Wyoming — The University of Wyoming's biosafety level three laboratory is being re-designed to allow research on brucellosis.

The BSL-3 lab is the second-highest safety designation awarded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and would allow university staff to work with pathogens not permitted in the current facility.

Wyoming State Veterinary Laboratory Director Will Laegreid says the lab allows UW researchers to work safely on some fairly serious disease-causing agents.

The UW lab works mostly with the pathogen that causes brucellosis.

Laegreid tells the Laramie Boomerang (http://bit.ly/1IUcoI5 ) that researching the disease is important to both wildlife groups and ranchers throughout the state.

Elk and bison are most susceptible to brucellosis, but it also can spread to cattle and in rare cases to humans.

Information from: Laramie Boomerang, http://www.laramieboomerang.com

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