Bioterrorism

Recent News

Aug 14, 2017

News Scan for Aug 14, 2017

MERS case
Multidrug-resistant BSIs in India
Polio emergency continues
Ricin vaccine funding
Chikungunya in the Americas
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.

Jun 20, 2017

News Scan for Jun 20, 2017

New Syrian polio cases
Inhaled anthrax vaccine
May 17, 2017

News Scan for May 17, 2017

Saudi MERS cases
Health providers work through ILI
N95 protection for nurses
Support for NIH funding
Apr 20, 2017
Flooded street

US preparedness index finds sluggish, uneven progress

The annual index found worrying discrepancies among states that create widening gaps, especially in low-income areas and those vulnerable to public health emergencies.

Mar 09, 2017

News Scan for Mar 09, 2017

MERS prevalence
Zika in African primates
E coli in soy nut butter
Plague vaccine
Faces of antibiotic resistance
Dec 20, 2016
Personal protective equipment

Preparedness report card notes state, national gaps and gains

TFAH rated 26 states and Washington, D.C., as 6 or lower on a 10-point scale.

Dec 16, 2016

News Scan for Dec 16, 2016

New Zika cases
H7N2 avian flu in NYC cats
Ricin exposure
Immune globulin for anthrax
Cholera in Yemen
Dec 12, 2016

News Scan for Dec 12, 2016

Ebola in breastmilk, semen
Colistin-resistant Klebsiella
Anthrax vaccine funds
Low chikungunya numbers
Creutzfeldt-Jakob test
Dec 08, 2016

News Scan for Dec 08, 2016

Illinois Elizabethkingia probe
Mumps in highly vaccinated group
Lab security threats from insiders
Drug-resistant TB meningitis

Resources & Literature

Recent Literature

FDA. Report to the commissioner: FDA review of the 2014 discovery of vials labeled “Variola” and other vials discovered in an FDA-occupied building on the NIH campus. Dec 13, 2016

Fogel I, David O, Balik CH, et al. The association between self-perceived proficiency of personal protective equipment and objective performance: an observational study during a bioterrorism simulation drill. Am J Infect Control 2017 (published online Jun 30)

GAO. Biological defense: Additional information that Congress may find useful as it considers DOD’s advanced development and manufacturing capability. GAO-17-701. Jul 17, 2017

GAO. High-containment laboratories: improved oversight of dangerous pathogens needed to mitigate risk. GAO-16-642 Sep 21, 2016

Larsen JC, Disbrow GL. Project BioShield and the Biomedical Advanced Research Development Authority: a ten year progress report on meeting U.S. preparedness objectives for threat agents. Clin Infect Dis 2017 (published online Feb 4)

TFAH. Ready or not: protecting the public's health from diseases, disasters and bioterrorism 2016 . Dec 20, 2016

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