Biosecurity Issues

Recent News

Apr 30, 2015

CDC reports rare vaccinia infection in vaccinated lab worker

The lab worker was infected after a needlestick injury, despite receiving the vaccine 10 months prior.

Apr 13, 2015

H5N2 reaches Wisconsin, expands in SD, Minnesota

With Wisconsin now affected, experts ponder what's causing the historic outbreak on numerous Midwestern farms.

Mar 20, 2015

Review panel finds CDC weak on lab safety

New report says sizable share of lab workers are afraid to report safety lapses and CDC risks losing its credibility.

Mar 17, 2015

News Scan for Mar 17, 2015

Saudi MERS case
Select agent rule feedback
Mar 13, 2015

News Scan for Mar 13, 2015

Melioidosis-linked lab lapses
More Saudi MERS cases
Hospital Listeria outbreak
Cleaning medical devices
New campus meningitis case
Feb 25, 2015

Experts air concerns about federal gain-of-function review

Two experts cite a perceived lack of public and global input, as well as potential conflict of interest.

Feb 04, 2015

Ebola uptick underscores response challenges

For the first time this year, all 3 nations see an increase in cases, while the CDC reports on a December lab incident.

Jan 29, 2015

News Scan for Jan 29, 2015

Flu vaccine in Canada
Egypt's H5N1 spike
H7N9 in China
Camera monitors in CDC labs
Jan 05, 2015

News Scan for Jan 05, 2015

Fort Detrick lab mishaps
More Saudi MERS cases
Saudi health ministry change
Polio in Pakistan, Africa
Dec 29, 2014

CDC lab tech still healthy after possible Ebola exposure

Mishandling of lab material that may have contained live virus follows other CDC safety lapses earlier in the year.

Resources & Literature

Recent Literature

GAO (US Government Accountability Office). High-containment laboratories: recent incidents of biosafety lapses. GAO-14-785T. Jul 16, 2014

Imperiale MJ, Casadevall A. A new synthesis for dual use research of concern. PLoS Med 2015 Apr 14;12(4):e1001813

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