A Biosecurity Survey in Kenya, November 2014 to February 2015

Edwardina Otieno Ndhine, Hans Christian Slotved*, Eric Mogaka Osoro, Katja N. Olsen, Moses Rugutt, Cathryn W. Wanjohi, Walter Mwanda, Benson Mburu Kinyagia, Nina R. Steenhard, John Erik Stig Hansen

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Abstract

A biosecurity survey was performed to gather information on the biosecurity level and laboratory capacity in Kenya for the purpose of providing information outlining relevant components for biosecurity legislation, biosecurity implementation, and enforcement of biosecurity measures in Kenya. This survey is, to the authors' knowledge, the first to be published from an African country. A total of 86 facilities with laboratories covering relevant categories, such as training laboratories, human diagnostic laboratories, veterinary diagnostic laboratories, and research laboratories, were selected to participate in the survey. Each facility was visited by a survey team and staff were asked to answer 29 groups of questions from a questionnaire. The survey showed that Kenyan laboratory facilities contain biological agents of biosecurity concern. The restrictions for these agents were found to be limited for several of the facilities, in that many laboratory facilities and storage units were open for access by either students or staff who had no need of access to the laboratory. The survey showed a great deal of confusion in the terms biosecurity and biosafety and a generally limited biosecurity awareness among laboratory personnel. The survey showed that the security of biological agents of biosecurity concern in many facilities does not meet the international requirements. The authors recommend developing a legal framework in Kenya for effective controls, including national biosecurity regulations, guidelines, and procedures, thereby reducing the risk that a Kenyan laboratory would be the source of a future biological attack.

Original languageEnglish
JournalHealth Security
Volume14
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)205-213
Number of pages9
ISSN2326-5094
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2016
Externally publishedYes

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