Biosafety Level 2

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Title: Biosafety Level 2
Date: 2012
Source: Wikipedia

Abstract: A biosafety level is the level of the biocontainment precautions required to isolate dangerous biological agents in an enclosed facility. The levels of containment range from the lowest biosafety level 1 (BSL-1) to the highest at level 4 (BSL-4). In the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have specified these levels. In the European Union, the same biosafety levels are defined in a directive.

Biosafety Level 2
This level is similar to Biosafety Level 1 and is suitable for work involving agents of moderate potential hazard to personnel and the environment. It includes various bacteria and viruses that cause only mild disease to humans, or are difficult to contract via aerosol in a lab setting, such as C. difficile, most Chlamydiae, hepatitis A, B, and C, influenza A, Lyme disease, Salmonella, mumps, measles, HIV, scrapie, MRSA, and VRSA. BSL-2 differs from BSL-1 in that:

1. Laboratory personnel have specific training in handling pathogenic agents and are directed by scientists with advanced training;
2. Access to the laboratory is limited when work is being conducted;
3. Extreme precautions are taken with contaminated sharp items; and
4. Certain procedures in which infectious aerosols or splashes may be created are conducted in biological safety cabinets or other physical containment equipment (Wikipedia, 2012).