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This historic photograph depicted a Centers for Disease Control (CDC) laboratorian, as he was putting on an older-model positive-pressure suit, before entering one of the CDC’s earlier maximum containment, or biosafety laboratories (BSL), sometimes referred to as a suit lab. Scientists working within a BSL must wear protective garments that are air-tight, thereby, protecting the technician from exposure to highly-infectious pathogenic organisms. Fresh, filtered air, is supplied to the interior of the suit via overhead tubing. The positive-pressurization offers some added protection to exposure through a defect in the suit, for if the suit’s patency is compromised, air would be forced out of the suit instead of being sucked into the suit.
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Content Provider(s): CDC/ Brian W.J. Mahy, BSc, MA, PhD, ScD, DSc
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