Bacteriophage illustration

New center aims to advance bacteriophage therapy

The UCSD effort will involve clinical trials of phages against resistant bacteria.

Mystery pathogen

New report spotlights top synthetic biology threats

Re-creating known pathogenic viruses and making existing bacteria more dangerous are among the top threats.

IV bags

As suspected Ebola cases probed, new treatment shows promise

The first human trial of a monoclonal antibody cocktail produces good results.

Brussels sprouts on conveyer

FDA releases new guidance on food defense

The rule is meant to lower the risk of exposing food facilities to intentional adulteration, such as acts of terrorism.

Hospital patient

MERS in Saudi Arabia this year includes hospital, household clusters

Exposure in household settings can occur through close unprotected contact when caring for a family member infected with MERS-CoV.

Ebola eduction

More suspected Ebola cases noted, but total holds steady

The death toll remains at 28, and two African experts call the response swift at all levels.


University of Minnesota, Mayo building aerial view

Jun 8, 2018
Director Michael Osterholm, PhD, MPH, has been selected by the US Department of State as one of five 2018 US Science Envoys. As a Science Envoy for Health Security, Dr. Osterholm will combat biological threats by working with priority countries on infectious disease preparedness and antimicrobial stewardship.

Mar 1, 2018
The CIDRAP News article “To save a life, doctors turn to bacteria-killing viruses” by Chris Dall, MA, has won third place in the "trade publications/newsletter" category in the Awards for Excellence in Health Care Journalism.

Jan 11, 2018
Second cohort of undergraduate students has completed CIDRAP’s new Honors Seminar “Battling the Bugs: Anthrax, Ebola, and Everyday Life”.  Created and facilitated by CIDRAP Deputy Director, Jill DeBoer, MPH, the seminar is designed to give students a glimpse into the diverse disciplines involved in infectious disease prevention and control.

More Inside CIDRAP


Jun 22, 2018
  • 61 Ebola cases
  • Polio in Papua NG, DRC
  • Consolidating US food safety
  • Cyclospora sickens more
  • Avian flu in 3 nations
  • California skeeters and Zika
Jun 21, 2018
  • More suspected DRC Ebola
  • ACIP on flu, anthrax vaccines
  • US food outbreak review

Stewardship / Resistance Scan

Jun 22, 2018
  • Antibiotics-in-animals bill
  • AMR research in Africa, Asia


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The Osterholm Quote

“Antibiotic resistance is a reality of evolution, and we have dumped a lot of gas on that evolutionary fire with a lot of human and animal use. We have put antibiotic resistance on hyperspeed."