August 22, 2013 -- Scientists from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston recently discovered a way to observe ticks that carry the Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever virus, a biosafety level four contamination, without putting themselves in danger.
When first brainstorming, the scientists thought they could wear a “spacesuit lab” to protect themselves from the risk of contracting the virus.
“It was completely new territory for us,” Dennis Bente, UTMB assistant professor and senior author of the paper, said. “Ticks are very small, and in the BSL4 you have two pairs of gloves on, you have this bulky suit, you have the plastic visor — all these things are a huge handicap. So how do you make sure you contain them?”
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