H5N2, H5N8 avian flu viruses surface in US

The appearance of two highly pathogenic strains in Washington state raises questions about possible connections with outbreaks in Canada and Europe.

CDC assessment cites rural gaps in Liberia's battle with Ebola

A report in MMWR details challenges investigation teams in West Africa have faced.

Sierra Leone announces holiday ban, response surge

The nation announced a ban on Christmas and New Years' festivities and a month-long response surge.

COMMENTARY: When the next shoe drops — Ebola crisis communication lessons from October

Lessons learned this fall: (1) don't over-reassure, (2) acknowledge uncertainty, (3) don't overemphasize panic, and (4) don't ridicule overreactions.

Experts debate research pause, gain-of-function issues

One mBio editorial defends federal pause, while another calls its language too vague.

Surveys, Firestone model yield lessons for aiding Ebola survivors

Survivors face stigma and other complex issues because of the unique nature of the disease, and efforts to meet their needs are yielding key lessons for responders.

COMMENTARY: Ebola virus transmission via contact and aerosol — a new paradigm

The authors expand on a previous commentary by clarifying the possible role that aerosol transmission might play in Ebola transmission and offer new language for discussing disease transmission.


Nov 7, 2014
Outbreak: The Global Battle Against Ebola session at the 2014 Net Impact Conference features News Reporter Lisa Schnirring as moderator.

Oct 31, 2014
Responding to the Ebola Crisis conference call convened by the Council on Foreign Relations features Director Michael Osterholm, PhD, MPH.

Oct 16, 2014
Response to statements falsely attributed to CIDRAP regarding Ebola transmission.

Oct 15, 2014
Ebola corporate preparedness and risk assessment webinar featured Director Michael Osterholm, PhD, MPH, and Myles Druckman, MD, of International SOS Assistance, Inc. The webinar included participants from 6 countries and 23 states. A recording of the webinar is available for purchase.

Oct 14, 2014
Symposium on Ebola: Crisis, Context, and Response, hosted by Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, featured Director Michael Osterholm, PhD, MPH. Video of the lecture is available here.

More Inside CIDRAP


Dec 17, 2014
  • More Salmonella from sprouts
  • Plasma pathogen removal
  • Avian flu in Washington
  • H5N1 death in Egypt
  • Saudi MERS cases
Dec 16, 2014
  • New Saudi MERS cases
  • West Nile virus in Brazil
  • Avian flu in seals
  • Iran: Coronavirus in camels

Biosecurity Scan

Dec 17, 2014
  • Next steps on GOF policy
  • More misplaced microbes found


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The Osterholm Quote

"I still say get your flu shot, it's the best tool that we have. But . . . there just is no comprehensive, compelling data that say when you get your flu shot that it even reduces the severity of illness or hospitalization."