In and around the Big Easy are a number of Biosafety Level 3 (BSL‑3) labs, meant to handle some of the nastier biological agents out there — stuff like anthrax, plague, and genetically-engineering mousepox. Louisiana State University’s Medical School and the State of Louisiana both ran BSL-3s within the city. Tulane kept 5,000 monkeys for biodefense studies in its “National Primate Research Center,” located in nearby Covington.
Anyone seen 12 Monkeys? Maybe they actually did something to contain that. More as this develops. This is one of the things that you need planning for. Hopefully, some smart guy had a plan, and hopefully it executed.