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KERSTING.PATHLOGY at mail.health.ufl.edu KERSTING.PATHLOGY at mail.health.ufl.edu
Thu Jul 27 12:26:51 EST 1995

>>>>>Dr. Marusyk wrote:


I find the decision of the Ontario cabinet to cancel the opening
of the
Etobicoke level 4 containment laboratory to be absolutely
appalling. There is no question that the decision was based on
emotional reasoning and erroneous information and by individuals
having no understanding of the intended purpose of the
containment laboratory. The Etobicoke laboratory has not and will
not be used for research with level 4 agents and was never
intended to be a research facility per se. The laboratory was
specifically designed as a containment facility to handle
specimens/patients in the event a disease outbreak occurs in
Canada or an individual arrives in Canada and is known, or
suspected to be, infected with a known, or perhaps unknown, level
4 agent. The Etobicoke containment laboratory could well remain
unused - forever - except for the required practice drills (with
innocuous agents). As it now stands, there is no certified
containment facility in Canada where level 4 agents can be safely
handled. The new Agriculture Canada/Health Canada level 4
laboratory under construction in Winnipeg is not scheduled to
open until
1997 at the earliest. Contrary to oft-stated opinion, the
Canadian Forces
DO NOT have a level 4 containment facility. <<<<<<

Just out of curiousity, but how much would it cost to maintain
such a Level 4 Biocontainment facility "just" for emergencies?
Might the financial aspects have been part of the decision to
abandon the idea of opening the facility?

E-mail: kersting.pathlogy at mail.health.ufl.edu		 
University of Florida, Dpt. of Neuropathology               

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