Biosecurity Issues

Recent News

Aug 31, 2015

Biosecurity Scan for Aug 31, 2015

Further lab biosafety lapses
Smallpox vaccine response
Aug 14, 2015

News Scan for Aug 14, 2015

Lassa virus origin
Lyme disease incidence
Varicella vaccine results
Japan BSL-4 lab
Aug 07, 2015

News Scan for Aug 07, 2015

More Saudi MERS cases
Hand washing and respiratory infection
Global health cooperation
Aug 05, 2015

News Scan for Aug 05, 2015

Saudi MERS case
More Cyclospora cases
Respiratory viruses in families
H5N1 in Nigeria
Biosecurity at new federal lab
Jul 30, 2015
FedEx plane

FedEx bans select agents after DoD anthrax lapses

Also, a Nature editorial says the DoD's anthrax missteps highlight regulation inequalities.

Jul 28, 2015
BSL-3 lab

CDC: DoD anthrax errors involved 575 shipments

The transfer of potentially live B anthracis  by an Army lab involved 575 shipments in 10 years, an official said.

Jul 28, 2015

News Scan for Jul 28, 2015

CDC slowness on lab safety
Cyclospora cilantro alert
Low hepatitis B awareness
Meningitis in Africa
6-strain infant vaccine
Jul 27, 2015

News Scan for Jul 27, 2015

New Saudi MERS case
Anthrax lab error list grows
More chikungunya illness
Jul 24, 2015
Bacillus anthracis

Poor inactivation, testing blamed for DoD anthrax errors

A report points to faulty inactivation of Bacillus anthracis spores and inadequate testing.

Jul 22, 2015
BSL-3 lab

CDC to review lab safety; DoD paints anthrax leaks as system failure

As the CDC orders a comprehensive review, the DoD blames a lack of scientific consensus for its release of live Bacillus anthracis.

Resources & Literature

Recent Literature

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

Rozell DJ. Assessing and managing the risks of potential pandemic pathogen research. (Letter) mBio 2015 Jul 21;6(4):e01075-15

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