Biosecurity Issues

Recent News

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.

Jul 21, 2015

News Scan for Jul 21, 2015

Antibiotic overprescribing
Lyme test failure
Brucellosis risk for lab workers
Chikungunya case surge
Jul 17, 2015
BSL-3 lab

Feds propose adding H5N1 to HHS select agent list

The CDC proposes adding certain H5N1 viruses to HHS's select agent list; experts have varied reactions.

Jul 10, 2015

News Scan for Jul 10, 2015

System failures at CDC labs
Texas Cyclospora update
MERS in South Korea
CDC 'Yellow Book' updated
Jul 09, 2015

Biosecurity Scan for Jul 09, 2015

Slow US biosurveillance efforts
More labs receive live anthrax

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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