The Importance and Challenges of Implementing and Maintaining Biorepositories for High-Consequence Veterinary and One Health Pathogens in South-East Asia
Oyuchua M., Siengsanan-Lamont J., Le KK., Kamolsiripichaiporn S., Areerob J., Thongkamkoon P., Theppangna W., Phommachanh P., Tum S., Johnson B., Blacksell SD.
Introduction: Emerging infectious diseases pose a threat to public health and the economy, especially in developing countries. Southeast Asian veterinary laboratories handle numerous high-risk pathogens, making pathogen accountability crucial for safe handling and storage. Methods: Thirteen veterinary laboratories in Cambodia (n = 1), Lao People’s Democratic Republic (n = 1), and Thailand (n = 11) participated in a study conducted between 2019 and 2020. Data were collected using a questionnaire, group discussions, and interviews. Conclusion: Significant gaps in biosecurity and biorepository management were recognized and discussed in the context of regional biosafety and biosecurity. Laboratories could use the findings and recommendations of the study to develop or improve their pathogen inventory and biosecurity systems. Governments play a significant role in setting standards and regulations and providing necessary support for laboratories to maintain inventory controls sustainably and have a very important role to play in ensuring biosafety and biosecurity compliance.