Recent News

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 11, 2017

Bioterror Scan for Oct 11, 2017

Stockpiled anthrax treatment
Imported plague in Seychelles
Sep 28, 2017

Bioterror Scan for Sep 28, 2017

Smallpox vaccine buy
Rapid anthrax test
Sep 12, 2017

News Scan for Sep 12, 2017

New global health initiative
Zika persistence in tears
Vaccine readiness
More chikungunya
Emergency readiness progress
Aug 28, 2017
Vaccine vial

Feds seize vaccinia virus vaccine used in 'stem cell' centers

Marshals sieze 5 vials of vaccinia virus vaccine, reserved only for those at high risk of smallpox.

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.

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. Biodefense: Federal efforts to develop biological threat awareness. GAO-18-155. Oct 11, 2017

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. Public health information technology: HHS has made little progress toward implementing enhanced situational awareness network capabilities. GAO-17-377. Sep 6, 2017

Koblentz GD. The de novo synthesis of horsepox virus: implications for biosecurity and recommendations for preventing the reemergence of smallpox. Health Secur 2017 (published online Aug 24)

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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