CRE bacteria

Study profiles US threat from drug-resistant bacteria

Surveillance found geographic variability that point to the need for regional strategies that target the CRE threat.

Philippines map
Culturing cells in petri dish

Work continues on policies for 'gain of function' research

The NSABB plans to release final recommendations in spring 2016.

Hospital patient's hands

Jordan, Saudi Arabia report more MERS cases

Two of four Jordan cases involve health workers, and contact info in a Riyadh case is being probed.

Ebola Vaccine Team B report cover
CIDRAP / Wellcome Trust Report

Recommendations for Accelerating the Development of Ebola Vaccines

Panel of experts convened by the Wellcome Trust and CIDRAP lays out recommendations for the expedient development of Ebola vaccines. Ebola Team B page.

Ebola contact tracing

Guinea reports 4 Ebola cases; WHO details response reforms

In other developments, the HHS announced more funding for a rapid Ebola test.

Pipette and test tubes

HHS funds 2 experimental flu treatments

One treatment is a new type of antiviral targeted for hospitalized patients, and the second is a monoclonal antibody.

Hajj winds down amid few new Saudi MERS detections

A case update from the WHO showed a variety of exposure types, with some unknown.

Ebola virus

Study: Chip test directly identifies Ebola virus

A UC–Santa Cruz team has developed a chip-based method to directly detect Ebola.


Sep 9, 2015
The Ford Lecture Series inaugural address by Director Michael Osterholm: "Infectious Diseases of the 21st Century: A New World Order," on Tuesday, Sept. 29, in Pellegrene Auditorium - Saint John's University, Collegeville, MN. The series covers cutting-edge scientific topics and their relevance to everyday life.

Jul 26, 2015
Annual CEIRS Network Meeting keynote lecture delivered by Director Michael Osterholm, PhD, MPH. Dr. Osterholm provided an update on human influenza outbreaks worldwide and noted the need for preparedness activities to be taken in advance of the next potential pandemic. 

Jun 17, 2015
University of Minnesota Regents Professorship awarded to Director Michael Osterholm, PhD, MPH. Created in 1965, the Regents Professorship is the highest faculty recognition given by the university, and Osterholm's honor is the first ever for the School of Public Health. Regents Professors exhibit outstanding scholarly or artistic work, high-quality teaching, and extensive contributions to the public good.

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Oct 06, 2015
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  • CDC hospital infection centers
  • Nobel Prize for medicine
Oct 05, 2015
  • Ebola emergency kept in place
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Flu Scan

Oct 05, 2015
  • Flu vaccine and pneumonia
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The Osterholm Quote

“The likelihood that this virus [MERS-CoV] will move around the world to another health facility is very real."