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High-Risk Biological Agents: Medical Consultation Requirement

See UC San Diego's medical consultation requirement for employees working with high-risk biological agents.

Requirement for researchers

UC San Diego's Occupational Health (Medical Surveillance) policy, PPM 516-21, requires medical consultations for selected high-risk biological agents used in laboratory, clinical or animal research.

High-risk biological agents

High-risk biological agents covered by this requirement include:

  • Coxiella burnetii -Q fever (rickettsia)
  • Herpes B virus
  • Listeria monocytogenes (bacteria)
  • Lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus (LCMV)
  • Rabies virus/ Rabies Viral Vector
  • Toxoplasma gondii (protozoa)
  • Vaccinia virus
  • Zika virus

Schedule a consultation

If you work with any of the high-risk biological agents listed above or wish to request a consult for other biological agents, schedule a medical consultation by contacting the EH&S Occupational Health Nurse at COEM.

The purpose of a medical consultation is to:

  • Educate employees about potential occupational risks for working with the biological agent.
  • Educate employees about risks and benefits associated with immunization or prophylaxis for the biological agent, if available.
  • Review preventive practices and incident and exposure reporting procedures.
  • Screen and counsel employees on medical conditions that may place them at increased risk for working with the biological agent.

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Immune-compromised personnel:

Questions? Contact COEM.