News - September 27, 2012

Safe research unit for dangerous animal diseases

The Central Veterinary Institute (CVI) is to have a new research facility for contagious animal diseases.

On 17 September Secretary of State Henk Bleker drove the first pile for this high containment unit. The new facility is to meet even higher safety standards because it will house research on virulent viruses and bacteria which can also infect humans, such as the Q fever bacterium. Such research requires extra safety measures to protect the staff. The new high containment unit will cost 8 million euros. The ministry of EL&I will contribute 5 million, and the rest of the funding is to come from the province of Flevoland, Lelystad municipality and an EU fund. The building is due for completion next year.