Published reports on laboratory-associated exposures to infectious agents in high-containment research laboratories are few and far between. However, UTMB encourages faculty and students to routinely report any unusual event in the laboratory – and in the interest of transparency, we make these reports available to you.
Given the multiple redundant containment layers in a BSL3 or BSL4 laboratory, and the fact that almost all of the infectious agents worked on in these labs are not transmissible between humans, any such exposure poses by far the greatest risk to the laboratory worker involved. In the unusual situation where the possible exposure involved a virus or bacterium that is reasonably capable of being transmitted from one person to another, that fact is noted in the table.
We invite you to review the history of possible occupational exposures to infectious agents at all of UTMB’s research laboratories online.