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Submission of Potential Select Agents
  • Select Agent Information

    • Responsibilities of the Nebraska Sentinel Laboratory

    • Nebraska Sentinel Laboratory Checklists

      • Plans

        • Institutional Emergency or Incident Response Plan

        • Specific Bioterrorism Response Plan

        • Institutional Risk Assessment Plan

      • Proficiency Testing

        • Proficiency test/exercise(e.g., CAP LPX)

        • Nebraska Challenge Set Exercise (developed by NPHL)

        • Maintain supplies for rule-out testing

    • If you have a Suspect BT Agent

      • All viewing and manipulation must be done in a BioSafety Cabinet

      • Follow rule-out procedures and conduct work in a BSC changes to "FollowLRN protocol using flowcharts to rule out suspecting agents"

      • Initiate/maintain communication with laboratory leadership and infection control

      • Contact BT personnel at designated NPHL by STATPack or Pager (402) 888-5588

      • Ship pure isolate to designated NPHL via an exclusive courier

      • Document courier transfer with NPHL courier by saving shipping documents for 2 years

      • Secure all potential Biothreat agent(s) and residual samples

      • Document personnel with access to potential biothreat agent(s)(biosecurity)

      • Document personnel who have worked outside of the BioSafety Cabinet with suspect biothreat agent and those present in laboratory if exposure occurred (biosafety)

    • Confirmed BT Agent

      • Follow directions from NPHL the destruction or transfer of all isolates/specimens

      • Perform risk assessment review

      • CDC will contact originating laboratory for identification of biothreat agent(s) with APHIS/CDC Form 4:

      • Document disposition of biorthreat agent(s) with APHIS/CDC on Form 4

        • Delete: Forms 2 to transfer

        • Delete: From 4 for destruction

    • Exposure to BT Agent