Updated 13.02.2015

Comprehensive survey in Kenya shows need for strengthened biosecurity


The biosecurity survey was performed to gather information on the biosecurity level and laboratory capacity in Kenya for the purpose of providing information outlining relevant components for biosecurity legislation, biosecurity implementation, and enforcement of biosecurity measures in Kenya. The survey is, to the authors’ knowledge, the first to be published from an African country.  A total of 86 facilities participated in the survey.

In conclusion, the survey data clearly show that Kenyan facilities contain biological agents of biosecurity concern and that the security of these agents is suboptimal. At this point, no comprehensive law or formal set of rules covers all aspects of biosecurity in Kenya. Legislation is strongly recommended to ensure a mandatory harmonized Biosecurity system in Kenya.

Center for Biosecurity and Biopreparedness was directing the survey, which is part of The Danish Partnership Programme.




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