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Agent Biosafety Level (BSL) Requirements and Laboratory Exposure Risk

These agents are dangerous, highly virulent organisms that should NEVER be manipulated on an open bench! Laboratory infections can occur and the use of a class II, or higher, biological safety cabinets (BSC) is critical when aerosols are likely.
The importance of following facility specific safety protocols and standard microbiology practices at ALL times cannot be understated.
Agent
Biosafety Level
Laboratory Exposure Risk
B. anthracis
BSL-2
Low
Y. pestis
BSL-2/3
Medium
F. tularensis
BSL-2/3
High
Brucella species
BSL-2/3
High
Burkholderia species
BSL-2/3
High