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Biosafety Level 3 (BSL-3)

Primary hazards: needle sticks, ingestion, exposure to infectious aerosols

For example:

Public health surveillance for West Nile virus includes testing birds

In August 2002, state laboratory worker cut finger while dissecting bird; 4 days later, had symptoms of fever, myalgia, recurring sweats, hot flashes

Worker and bird both diagnosed with West Nile

2 other lab-acquired cases in 2002

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