Recent News

Jun 28, 2016

News Scan for Jun 28, 2016

Saudi MERS cases
2009 H1N1 origins in Mexico
WHO health emergency head
Strategic National Stockpile report
Jun 20, 2016

News Scan for Jun 20, 2016

DRC yellow fever
US plague, tularemia cases
Anthrax vaccine
Acute flaccid myelitis
Jun 01, 2016
Biosafety PPE

NSABB finalizes GOF guidance; White House to weigh in

The group voted unanimously on policy regarding avian flu and other viruses.

May 25, 2016

News Scan for May 25, 2016

Cow antibiotics and methane output
MERS antibodies in camel calves
Ricin vaccine funds
May 20, 2016

News Scan for May 20, 2016

Yellow fever in Angola
US flu activity drops
Smallpox vaccine order
Bivalent polio vaccine
May 11, 2016

Bioterror Scan for May 11, 2016

CDC biosafety breaches
Rapid anthrax test
May 09, 2016

News Scan for May 09, 2016

Funds for IPV polio vaccine
Bioterror test in New York
Apr 26, 2016
PPE training

Public health index finds US fairly well prepared

The report showed some weak spots, including a persistent and varied gap in readiness among states.

Apr 15, 2016

News Scan for Apr 15, 2016

Ebola vaccine's future
More US flu deaths
US biodefense coordination
WHO dengue vaccine advice
Carbapenem resistance in Europe
Scope infections
Malaria drug resistance
Mar 21, 2016

News Scan for Mar 21, 2016

More Ebola in Guinea
Flu virus in coughs, breaths
H7N9 case in Hong Kong
New anthrax drug approved

Resources & Literature

Recent Literature

AAP Disaster Preparedness Advisory Council. Medical countermeasures for children in public health emergencies, disasters, or terrorism. Pediatrics 2016 (published online Jan 4)

Boddie C, Watson M, Ackerman G, et al. Assessing the bioweapons threat. Science 2015 Aug 21;349(6250):792-3

Frank GM, Adalja A, Barbour A, et al. IDSA and gain-of-function experiments with pathogens having pandemic potential. (Editorial) J Infect Dis 2015 (published online Sep 27)

GAO (US Government Accountability Office). Biosurveillance: Challenges and options for the National Biosurveillance Integration Center. GAO-15-793. Sep 24, 2015

GAO. High-containment laboratories: comprehensive and up-to-date policies and stronger oversight mechanisms needed to improve safety. GAO-16-305. Apr 19, 2016

GAO. High-containment laboratories: preliminary observations on federal efforts to address weaknesses exposed by recent safety lapses. GAO-15-792T. Jul 28, 2015

GAO. Ongoing challenges and future considerations for DHS biosurveillance efforts. GAO-16-413T. Feb 11, 2016

Kilianski A, Nuzzo JB, Modjarrad K. Gain-of-function research and the relevance to clinical practice. J Infect Dis 2015 (published online Sep 27)

NAS. The nation's medical countermeasure stockpile: opportunities to improve the efficiency, effectiveness, and sustainability of the CDC Strategic National Stockpile: workshop summary. Jun 28, 2016

Thomas TN, Leander-Griffith M, Harp V, et al. Influences of preparedness knowledge and beliefs on household disaster preparedness. MMWR 2015 Sep 11;64(35):965-71

Zaza S, Koonin LM, Ajao A, et al. A conceptual framework for allocation of federally stockpiled ventilators during large-scale public health emergencies. Health Secur 2016 Feb 18;14(1):1-6

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