Biosecurity Issues

Recent News

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
Oct 19, 2017

News Scan for Oct 19, 2017

Plague in Madagascar
Marburg deaths in Uganda
CDC Zika guidance update
Animal agriculture threat report
Gonococcal antimicrobial surveillance
Oct 05, 2017

Flu Scan for Oct 05, 2017

Research and pandemic readiness
Reusable respirators
Monoclonal antibody partnership
Jul 19, 2017

News Scan for Jul 19, 2017

Lab-linked Salmonella
Ebola persistence
Polio in Syria
Sri Lanka dengue battle
Measles and travel
Acute flaccid myelitis
Jul 17, 2017

News Scan for Jul 17, 2017

Cyclospora in Texas
Non-prudent abx use in Europe
MERS super spreader
Smallpox vaccine deal
Jul 10, 2017
Old smallpox vaccine

Panel's smallpox sample probe yields policy recommendations, lingering questions

Panel finds overall response was thorough, but notes policy gaps and some missteps after the samples were found.

Feb 28, 2017

News Scan for Feb 28, 2017

Zika study rejected
Asymptomatic Ebola
MERS cases
CEPI names CEO
Biosecurity lab in China

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)

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

Layton DS, Choudhary A, Bean AGD. Breaking the chain of zoonoses through biosecurity in livestock. Vaccine 2017 (published online Aug 18)

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

Millett P, Snyder-Beattie A. Existential risk and cost-effective biosecurity. Health Secur 2017 Aug 1;15(4)

Watson C, Watson M, Kirk Sell T. Federal funding for health security in FY2018. Health Security 2017 (published online Jun 27)

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