Biosecurity Issues

Recent News

Sep 18, 2018
Ebola BSL-3 lab researcher

White House shines high-level spotlight on biodefense

With HHS taking the lead, the new strategy establishes a cabinet-level biodefense steering committee.

Aug 03, 2018

News Scan for Aug 03, 2018

More McDonald's Cyclospora cases
Lassa vaccine licensing deal
BU lab begins Ebola work
Recurrent vulvovaginal Candida
Jun 29, 2018

News Scan for Jun 29, 2018

Polio in the DRC and Somalia
Cyclospora outbreak total grows
Biodefense roadmap
Avian flu in Ghana and Denmark
Apr 26, 2018

News Scan for Apr 26, 2018

Modified FMD virus
MERS in Saudi Arabia
Midwest measles
Rotavirus patterns
Listeria and soft cheese
CWD not spread to monkeys
Apr 17, 2018

News Scan for Apr 17, 2018

MERS in Saudi Arabia
Funding biosecurity efforts
Colistin stewardship in South Africa
Feb 26, 2018

News Scan for Feb 26, 2018

Saudi MERS cases
CDC high-containment labs
Immigrant TB screening
Feb 13, 2018

News Scan for Feb 13, 2018

Trump budget proposal
Lassa fever response
Saudi Arabia MERS
UK lab accidents
Pneumonia in opioid users
Dec 06, 2017

News Scan for Dec 06, 2017

Boston BSL-4 lab OK'd
Zika infection patterns
Refugee diphtheria outbreak
Nov 01, 2017
BSL-3 laboratory

GAO calls for better oversight of high-containment labs

Gaps the GAO identified include instances of agencies overseeing their own labs, a need for more focus on the highest-risk activities, and understaffing.

Oct 24, 2017

News Scan for Oct 24, 2017

Saudi MERS case
Patient movement and C diff
Marburg outbreak details
Monkeypox stigma
Low bioterror readiness
Yellow fever and semen

Resources & Literature

Recent Literature

DiEuliis D, Berger K, Gronvall G. Biosecurity implications for the synthesis of horsepox, an orthopoxvirus. Health Secur 2017 (published online Nov 1)

Drewry DG III, Sauer LM, Shaw-Saliba K, et al. Identifying potential provider and environmental contamination on a clinical biocontainment unit using aerosolized pathogen simulants. Health Secur 2018 (published online Apr 1)

Gabbert LR, Smith JD, Neilan JG, et al. Smart card decontamination in a high-containment laboratory. Health Secur 2018 (published online Aug 10)

GAO. High-containment laboratories: coordinated actions needed to enhance the select agent program's oversight of hazardous pathogens. GAO-18-145. Oct 31, 2017

Leger A, De Nardi M, Simons R, et al. Assessment of biosecurity and control measures to prevent incursion and to limit spread of emerging transboundary animal diseases in Europe: an expert survey. Vaccine 2017 Oct;35(44):5956-66

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