At this point, if the country will face an unknown and dangerous disease is highly contagious, already the country has a laboratory where samples can be analyzed, study, diagnose new cases, see how it behaves, and to see what possible drugs could be given to patients.
Yesterday opened the Lab with Biohazard Containment Biosafety Level III. This laboratory allows us to investigate biological agents that cause serious diseases to humans (such as tuberculosis) and at the same time, protect the workers responsible for handling.
This center is located at the Institute for Research and Education on Nutrition and Health (incenses), in Tres Rios, La Union. Had a cost of ¢ 230 million was financed with contributions from the Central Government, the German Embassy and the Foundation incenses.
This place will first analyze the cases of tuberculosis in the country, a disease that is rare, but whose symptoms require strict monitoring.
“The country did not have a lab in this category and this helps us a lot, especially to identify drug-resistant TB explained Carlos Trabado, coordinator of the National Reference Center for Tuberculosis.
Personnel that works in this laboratory, both in tuberculosis and in virology and bacteriology, is highly trained.
In this place only, can enter their workers, after following strict safety standards. “Everything is potentially infectious. For that reason need a special building, which took about 18 months remodeling to comply with everything, “said Daniel Sancho, engineer in charge of design and construction of the Laboratory.
At the risk of microorganisms with which we work, the center requires special materials, easily washable.
For this reason, the divisions of gypsum were sealed with silicone and electrical and water pipes were sealed with foam to prevent the passage of ants and other insects. The windows are double glazed and have no curves, this prevents the pathogens can stay there. It also prevents the vibration of the glass if high winds or earthquakes.
The doors are from Germany, have a stainless steel liner and weigh 132 kilos, but the way in which the doors are constructed allows that are not heavy to open or close.
The Laboratory uses a special paint, called epoxicril, which has chemical compounds that keep bacteria or virus to remain alive.
Certain parts of the center have positive air pressure to not enter microorganisms, and elsewhere have negative pressure, that is to keep out pathogens with which they work.
“Viruses and bacteria that come out of here already leave dead or not,” said Trabado.