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Biosafety Level 4 Laboratory Tour

Outside Security

Security around a BSL-4 laboratory is tight. Only authorized personnel can pass through perimeter security.

Photo of Fort Detrick front gate
Fort Detrick, Maryland, home of the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases biocontainment laboratories (Source: U.S. Army)


Security Measures Typically Include Combinations of the Following:

  • Perimeter fencing
  • Security guards
  • Closed-Circuit TV surveillance
  • Intrusion alarms
  • Nighttime security lighting

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Last Updated December 14, 2006