Protocol for the Use of Vaccinia Virus in Research

The approval protocol for the use of vaccinia virus in research was recently revised. The protocol, which is effective as of November 1, 1996, was approved by the Vice Provost for Research, Dr. Ralph Amado, after it was reviewed by the Vice Dean for Research and Research Training in the School of Medicine, Dr. Richard Tannen, and the University's Institutional Biosafety Committee.

All laboratory faculty and staff who intend to work with or may be potentially exposed to vaccinia virus are required to go to Occupational Medicine and Health for counseling before they begin work with the virus. In addition, both the principal investigator and the individual(s) offered immunization are required to sign the consent/declination form after which it must be returned to the Office of Environmental Health and Safety (OEHS).

For a copy of the vaccinia protocol, consult the OEHS web site,, or call OEHS at 898-4453.


Volume 43 Number 14
December 3, 1996

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