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Core facility (CF)

Short Description

With the Center for Biosafety in Mödling (ZbS), a further step towards the efficient monitoring of animal health in Austria has taken place. The ZbS is used for the investigation of highly contagious animal diseases of risk groups 3 and 4 as well as zoonotic agents of the human risk group BSL3.

The building has been designed and built in compliance with the EUFMD guidelines (Minimum Biorisk Management Standards for Laboratory Working with FMD Virus) and has been in operation since October 2015. In order to prevent the release of airborne diseases in form of aeorsols, the laboratory is under a permanent under-pressure with inward air currents. An air-tight containment and personnel and material locks with counter-locking doors ensure maximum biosafety. The building consists of three floors. The HVAC (heating, ventilating and air-conditioning) systems are located in the upper floor and the effluent treatment plant in the basement. Both systems are redundant. Access control at various levels ensures that only trained persons can reach potentially contaminated areas. When leaving the laboratory and some contained technical areas, there is a need for a shower and any contact to biungulates has to be avoided for at least 72 hours in order to prevent the spread of disease, particularly into the susceptible Austrian livestock. For biosecurity reasons, the building is guarded around the clock (24-7).

If an organization carries out a laboratory of this risk group, it must appoint a BioRiskOfficer (BRO) in accordance with the EUFMD. The BRO has expertise in all possible biological biohazards that could occur in the organization. He / she advises the management on biosafety matters, prepares risk assessments and biosafety measures. If danger is in default, he or she reports directly to the supreme authority (BMGF). He / she is also responsible for the training of the staff and the cooperation partners and assigns or withdraws access authorizations.

• Within the containment building, which was constructed for group 3 and 4 animal pathogens, a human BSL3 laboratory is located. This is divided into a virology and bacteriology laboratory room and serves for cultivating pathogens with zoonotic potential.
• The containment building also contains state-of-the-art PCR equipment. Nucleotide extraction, classical PCR, real-time PCR and master mix preparation are performed in separated rooms.
• There is also a GMO laboratory of risk group 3, a laboratory for the virus cultivation of group 3 and 4 animal pathogens and a laboratory for pathological and anatomical examinations.
• All laboratory rooms are equipped with Class 2 safety cabinets, cooling-and freezing units, and with CO2 incubators.
• Virus and bacterial strains are stored in a separate storage room with their own access authorization. These strains are recorded and managed via a database (biosecurity-requirement).

Contact Person

Univ. Prof. Dr. Friedrich Schmoll

Research Services

High security laboratory for animal pathogens of riskgroup 3 and 4 and zoonotic pathogens of riskgroup BSL3; please contact the Head of the AGES-Division Animal Health Univ. Prof. Dr. Friedrich Schmoll (friedrich.schmoll@ages.at).

Methods & Expertise for Research Infrastructure

Working and cultivating viruses and bacteria of animal risk groups 3 and 4 and zoonotic pathogens of the risk group 3 (BSL3)

Leiter des AGES-Geschäftfeldes Tiergesundheit (Head of the AGES-Division Animal Health)
Univ. Prof. Dr. Friedrich Schmoll
0043 (0) 50555 38100
Training in Biosafety by the BioRiskOfficer of the facility
IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency)
VMU (Veterinärmedizinische Universität Wien)
Selected publications related to the Center for biological security Mödling:

Gelaye, E.; Mach, Lukas; Kolodziejek, Jolanta; Grabherr, Reingard; Loitsch, Angelika; Achenbach, Jenna E.; Nowotny, Norbert; Diallo, A.; Lamien, C.E.; (2017); A novel HRM assay for the simultaneous detection and differentiation of eight poxviruses of medical and veterinary importance; Scientific Reports (a nature research journal); 7 : 42892 (2017)

Leth, Christoph; Varadharajan, A.; Mester, P.; Fischaleck, M.; Rossmanith, P.; Schmoll, Friedrich; Fink, Maria; (2017); Matrixlysis, an improved sample preparation method of recovery of Mycobacteria from animal tissue material; PLoS ONE;

Achenbach, J.E.; Gallardo, C.; Nieto-Pelegrín, E.; Rivera-Arroyo, B.; Degefa-Negi, T.; Arias, M.; Jenberie, S.; Mulisa, D.D.; Gizaw, D.; Gelaye, E.; Chibssa, T.R.; Belaye, A.; Loitsch, Angelika; Forsa, M.; Yami, M.; Diallo, A.; Soler, A.; Lamien, C.E.; Sánchez-Vizcaíno, J.M.; (2016); Identification of a New Genotype of African Swine Fever Virus in Domestic Pigs from Ethiopia.; Transbound Emerg Dis.; [Epub ahead of print]; 22/MAI/2016
Doi: 10.1111/tbed.12511; www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27211823

Adombi, C.M.; Waqas, A.; Dundon, W.G.; Li, S.; Daojin, Y.; Kakpo, L.; Aplogan, G.L.; Diop, M.; Lo, M.M.; Silber, Roland; Loitsch, Angelika; Diallo, A.; (2016); Peste Des Petits Ruminants in Benin: Persistence of a Single Virus Genotype in the Country for Over 42 Years; Transbound Emerg Dis; [Epub ahead of print]; 22/JÄN/2016
Doi: 10.1111/tbed.12471; www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26801518

Cézanne, R.; Mrowietz, N.; Eigner, B.; Duscher, G.G.; Glawischnig, Walter; Führer, H.P.; (2016); Molecular analysis of Anaplasma phagocytophilum and Babesia divergens in red deer (Cervus elaphus) in Western Austria; Mol Cell Probes; [Epub ahead of print]; 11/JUL/2016
Doi: 10.1016/j.mcp.2016.07.003; www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27417532

Gelaye, E.; Achenbach, J.E.; Ayelet, G.; Jenberie, S.; Yami, M.; Grabherr, R.; Loitsch, Angelika; Diallo, A.; Lamien, C.E.; (2016); Genetic characterization of poxviruses in Camelus dromedarius in Ethiopia, 2011–2014; Antiviral Research; 134 : 17-25; 22/JÄN/2016
Doi: 10.1016/j.antiviral.2016.08.016; www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27544702

Gelaye, E.; Achenbach, J.E.; Jenberie, S.; Ayelet, G.; Belay, A.; Yami, M.; Loitsch, Angelika; Grabherr, R.; Diallo, A.; Lamien, Ch.E.; (2016); Molecular characterization of orf virus from sheep and goats in Ethiopia, 2008–2013; Virology Journal; 13 : 34-46
Doi: 10.1186/s12985-016-0489-3; virologyj.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12985-016-0489-3

Settypalli, T.B.K.; Lamien, C.E.; Spergser, J.; Lelenta, M.; Wade, A.; Gelaye, E.; Loitsch, Angelika; Minoungou, G.; Thiaucourt, F.; Diallo, A.; (2016); One-Step Multiplex RT-qPCR Assay for the Detection of Peste des petits ruminants virus, Capripoxvirus, Pasteurella multocida and Mycoplasma capricolum subspecies (ssp.) capripneumoniae; PLoS ONE; 11 (4) : pp.1-14; APR/2016
Doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0153688.s011

Schöpf, Karl; Revilla-Fernandez, Sandra; Steinrigl, Adolf; Fuchs, Reinhard; Sailer, Andreas; Weikel, Joachim; Schmoll, Friedrich; (2016); Retrospective epidemiological evaluation of molecular and animal husbandry data within the Bovine Viral Diarrhoea (BVDV) control programme in Western Austria during 2009–2014; Berl Münch Tierärztl Wochenschr; 129 : 196-201
Doi: 10.2376/0005-9366-129-15102; vetline.de/retrospective-epidemiological-evaluation-of-molecular-and-animal-husbandry-data-within-the-bovine-viral-diarrhoea-virus-bvdv-control-programme-in-western-austria-during-20092014/150/3216/94298/

Wasniewski, M.; Almeida,I.; Baur, A.; Bedekovic,T.; Boncea,D.; Bothelho Chaves, L.; David, D.; De Benedictis, P.; Dobrostana, M.; Giraud, P.; Hostnik, P.; Jaceviciene, I.; Kenklies, S.; König, M.; Mähar, K.; Mojzis, M.; Moore, S.; Mrenoski, S.; Müller T.; Ngoepe, E.; Nishimura, M.; Nokireki, T.; Pejovic, N.; Smreczak, M.; Strandbygaard, B.; Wodak, Eveline; Cliquet, F.; (2016); First international collaborative study to evaluate rabies antibody detection method for use in monitoring the effectiveness of oral vaccination programmes in fox and raccoon dog; Journal of Virological Methods; 238 : 77-85

Woma, T.Y.; Adombi, C.M.; Yu, D.; Qasim, A.M.M.; Sabi, A.A.; Abraham, M.N.; Olaiya, O.D.; Loitsch, Angelika; Bailey, D.; Shamaki, D.; Dundon, W.G.; Quan, M.; (2016); Co-circulation of Peste-des-Petits-Ruminants Virus Asian lineage IV with Lineage II in Nigeria; Transboundary and Emerging Diseases; 63 (3) : 235-242; JUN/2016
Doi: 10.1111/tbed.12387

Berguidoa, F.J.; Bodjo, S.C.; Loitsch, Angelika; Diallo, A. (2015): Specific detection of peste des petits ruminants virus antibodies in sheep and goat sera by the luciferase immunoprecipitation system. Journal of Virological Methods 227:40-46. doi: 10.1016/j.jviromet.2015.10.008. Epub 2015 Oct 23, Keywords: peste des petits ruminants, sheep, goat, virus antibodies, luciferase immunoprecipitation system; http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26506137

Dundon, W.; Yu, D.; Lô, M.M.; Loitsch, Angelika; Diop, M.; Diallo, A. (2015): Complete genome sequence of a lineage I Peste des Petits Ruminants Virus isolated in 1969 in West Africa. Genome announc 3(3):e00381-15. doi: 10.1128/genomeA.00381-15, Keywords: genome sequence, peste des petits ruminants virus, West Africa; http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4424296/

Fink, Maria; Schleicher, Corinna; Gonano, Monika; Prodinger, W.M.; Pacciarini, M.; Glawischnig, Walter; Ryser-Degiorgis, M.P; Walzer, C.; Stalder, G.L.; Lombardo, D.; Schobesberger, H.; Winter, P.; Büttner; M. (2015): Red Deer as Maintenance Host for Bovine Tuberculosis, Alpine Region. Emerg. Infect. Dis. 21(3):464-467. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3201/eid2103.141119, Keywords: Tuberculosis and other mycobacteria, wildlife, bovine tuberculosis, Mycobacterium caprae, reservoir host, spillover host, spillback host, maintenance host, red deer, Alps, zoonoses, bacteria; http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4344270/pdf/14-1119.pdf

Pinior, B.; Lebl, K.; Firth, C.; Rubel, F.; Fuchs, Reinhard; Stockreiter, S.; Loitsch, Angelika; Köfer, J.(2015): Cost analysis of bluetongue virus serotype 8 surveillance and vaccination programmes in Austria from 2005 to 2013. Vet Journal 206(2):154–160. doi:10.1016/j.tvjl.2015.07.032, Keywords: Cost analysis, Public and private costs, Co-financing, Reported and unreported cost; http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26371833, http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1090023315003238

Rettinger, A.; Broeckl, St.; Fink, Maria; Prodinger, W.; Blum, H.; Krebs, St.; Domogalla, J.; Just, F.; Gellert, S.; Straubinger, R.; Buettner, M. (2015): The region of difference four is a robust genetic marker for subtyping Mycobacterium caprae isolates and is linked to spatial distribution of three subtypes. Transbound Emerg Dis 2015:2-22. doi: 10.1111/tbed.12438. Keywords: Mycobacterium caprae; RD4; cattle; molecular epidemiology; red deer; http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26518998

Leth, C.; Varadharajan, A.; Mester, P.; Fischaleck, M.; Rossmanith, P.; Schmoll,F.; Fink, M. (2017): Matrixlysis, an improved sample preparation method of recovery of Mycobacteria from animal tissue material. PLoS ONE 12(7):e0181157. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0181157

Gelaye, E. et al. (2017) A novel HRM assay for the simultaneous detection and differentiation
of eight poxviruses of medical and veterinary importance. Sci. Rep. 7, 42892; doi: 10.1038/srep42892 http://www.nature.com/articles/srep42892