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Japan to import Ebola virus to improve detection processes

  • May 31, 2019
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All national dailies wrote that the Health Ministry has decided to import strains of Ebola and four other deadly viruses to improve Japan’s detection processes for these viruses amid a rise in the number of foreign visitors ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The viruses to be imported are Ebola, Lassa, Crimean-Congo, Marburg, and South American hemorrhagic fever. The papers wrote that the pathogens will be kept at the National Institute of Infectious Diseases, which is located in the city of Musashimurayama in western Tokyo, after gaining the basic agreement of local residents. According to the papers, the lab is currently the only facility in Japan with the maximum biosafety level of BSL-4.

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