Requirements for the Packaging and Transport of Pathology Specimens and Associated Materials 3rd Edition

Appendix H - Indicative examples of infectious substances included in Category A in any form, unless otherwise indicated (Informative)

Page last updated: 22 October 2012

Table A1.1 is from the United Nations Recommendations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods, Model Regulations, 14th edition for Infectious Substances, Category A. Note that this list is subject to change. Please consult the most recent edition of the United Nations documentation for the latest listing.

The lists in this appendix are not exhaustive. Infectious substances, including those containing new or emerging pathogens, that do not appear in this table but that meet the same criteria, must be assigned to Infectious Substance, Category A. In addition, if there is any doubt as to whether or not a substance meets the criteria, it must be included in Category A.

Note that the micro-organisms written in italics are bacteria, mycoplasmas, rickettsiae or fungi.

Table A1.1 Examples of Infectious Substances, Category A

UN Number and Proper Shipping NameMicro-organism
UN 2900
Infectious substances, affecting animals
African swine fever virus (cultures only)
Avian paramyxovirus type 1 — velogenic Newcastle disease virus (cultures only)
Classical swine fever virus (cultures only)
Foot-and-mouth disease virus (cultures only)
Goatpox virus (cultures only)
Lumpy skin disease virus (cultures only)
Mycoplasma mycoides — contagious bovine pleuropneumonia (cultures only)
Peste des petits ruminants virus (cultures only)
Rinderpest virus (cultures only)
Sheep pox virus (cultures only)
Swine vesicular disease virus (cultures only)
Vesicular stomatitis virus (cultures only)
UN 2814
Infectious substances, affecting humans
Bacillus anthracis (cultures only)
Brucella abortus (cultures only)
Brucella melitensis (cultures only)
Brucella suis (cultures only)
Burkholderia mallei — Pseudomonas mallei — Glanders (cultures only)
Burkholderia pseudomallei — Pseudomonas pseudomallei (cultures only)
Chlamydia psittaci — avian strains (cultures only)
Clostridium botulinum (cultures only)
Coccidioides immitis (cultures only)
Coxiella burnetti (cultures only)
Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever virus
Dengue virus (cultures only)
Eastern equine encephalitis virus (cultures only)
Escherichia coli, verotoxigenic (cultures only)
Ebola virus
Flexal virus
Francisella tularensis (cultures only)
Guanarito virus
Hantaan virus
Hantaviruses causing haemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome
Hendra virus
Hepatitis B virus (cultures only)
Herpes B virus (cultures only)
Highly pathogenic avian influenza virus (cultures only)
Human immunodeficiency virus (cultures only)
Japanese encephalitis virus (cultures only)
Junin virus
Kyasanur Forest disease virus
Lassa virus
Machupo virus
Marburg virus
Monkeypox virus
Mycobacterium tuberculosis (cultures only)
Nipah virus
Omsk haemorrhagic fever virus
Poliovirus (cultures only)
Rabies virus (cultures only)
Rickettsia prowazekii (cultures only)
Rickettsia rickettsii (cultures only)
Rift Valley fever virus (cultures only)
Russian spring-summer encephalitis virus (cultures only)
Sabia virus
Shigella dysenteriae type 1 (cultures only)
Tick-borne encephalitis virus (cultures only)
Variola virus
Venezuelan equine encephalitis virus (cultures only)
West Nile virus (cultures only)
Yellow fever virus (cultures only)
Yersinia pestis (cultures only)

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