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  2003 Department of Microbiology, University of Hong Kong

Features of the HKURCEID - The Animal Facilities

The animal services area consists of supply (green) and service (red) corridors, off which are three airlocked rooms. The corridors are airlocked off the central corridor (-150Pa) and each room has an airlock entrance. The rooms are at -250Pa. There aer emergency fire exits in each of the animal facility corridors consisting of break glass panels (Figure 1). The airlock doors have inflatable seals and an emergency override lever (in case of power failure) and they remain inflated if there is no power or compressed air. These doors were manufactured by Sealeck.

The first room has Class III

Biological Safety Cabinets, which are negative pressure plastic flexible film isolators. Staff will use these to handle unknown high risk agents. They can also be used for small animal work requiring additional containment.

The second room consists of racks of animal boxes which are exhausted through High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters. The animal boxes, when removed from the air supply manifold (Figure 3), are self sealing at the air inlets and a small HEPA filter on the top of the box allows for a limited local supply of air whilst the cages are handled and cleaned (in a Class II Biological Safety Cabinet).

The third room is used for transmission studies in animals (chickens, geese, ducks and mini-pigs). Staff enter through a shower/airlock into an anteroom where they don personal protective equipment, including a respirator, and then enter the animal room, where the animals are in pens (Figure 4). The furthest pen has a crush cage that enables the animals to be restrained and given anaesthetic before handling them.

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Animal Facilities IVCs for rodents      
Animal Facilities IVCs for Rodents      


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