biosecurity

noun
bio·​se·​cu·​ri·​ty | \ ˌbī-(ˌ)ō-si-ˈkyu̇r-ə-tē How to pronounce biosecurity (audio) \

Definition of biosecurity

: security from exposure to harmful biological agents also : measures taken to ensure this security

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Already practicing rigorous biosecurity before the outbreak by requiring visitors to dress in protective gear and sanitize their vehicles before and after visiting their farms, the company hasn’t had any sick birds. Jaclyn Cosgrove, latimes.com, "To stop a virus, California has euthanized more than 1.2 million birds. Is it reckless or necessary?," 7 June 2019 The only way for pig producers to prevent it is to kill all animals that have been infected or potentially exposed, or to put strict biosecurity measures in place. Vox Staff, Vox, "“Pig Ebola” is spreading uncontrollably in China and Vietnam," 6 June 2019 The proposal details plans to spay and/or neuter current cats while prohibiting new ones, Environment Southland biosecurity operations manager Ali Meade told the Daily Times. Elizabeth Zwirz, Fox News, "Domestic cats reportedly facing potential ban in New Zealand town," 30 Aug. 2018 Cooke also had failed to observe its own biosecurity best practices by seeking to move the fish into pens at its Orchard Rocks farm in Rich Passage near Bainbridge Island without allowing them to lie fallow for at least a month. Lynda V. Mapes, The Seattle Times, "Washington state finds virus in Cooke Atlantic salmon, plans expanded testing," 19 May 2018 The department is also updating state aquaculture records and rules, and working through a protocol for a revised testing program to ensure more regular biosecurity testing at all aquaculture facilities, Warheit said. Anchorage Daily News, "Audit finds 70 percent of British Columbia fish-processing plants do not comply with environmental regulations," 8 July 2018 Sprinkle in a few quotes from concerned biosecurity experts. Daniel Grushkin, STAT, "Biohackers are about open-access to science, not DIY pandemics. Stop misrepresenting us," 4 June 2018 The department also intends to test adult salmon at Cooke’s facilities for the virus as part of a biosecurity review of all aquaculture facilities in Washington. Anchorage Daily News, "Audit finds 70 percent of British Columbia fish-processing plants do not comply with environmental regulations," 8 July 2018 Far from representing biosecurity threats, labs like ours are reaching into neighborhoods and educating people with hands-on science at a depth most schools and museums cannot provide. Daniel Grushkin, STAT, "Biohackers are about open-access to science, not DIY pandemics. Stop misrepresenting us," 4 June 2018

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1973, in the meaning defined above

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biosecurity

noun
bio·​se·​cu·​ri·​ty | \ ˌbī-ō-si-ˈkyu̇r-ə-tē How to pronounce biosecurity (audio) \

Medical Definition of biosecurity

: security from exposure to harmful biological agents (such as pathogenic microorganisms) You would expect the organisation responsible for ensuring biosecurity in labs working with dangerous animal pathogens like foot and mouth disease to know about any accidents that have occurred in those labs.— Linda Geddes, New Scientist, 22 Dec. 2007 also : measures taken to ensure this security In areas where poultry farms are on adjoining or nearby properties or in areas tied together by common waterways, roads, or flyways, the risk of disease spread from one farm to another is greatly increased no matter what type of biosecurity is practiced by individual farms. — Carol J. Cardona, in Avian Influenza, 2008

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