Recent News

Nov 23, 2015

News Scan for Nov 23, 2015

BioWatch capabilities
Flu vaccine protection
More chikungunya cases
Malaria funding
Cholera in Iraq
Oct 29, 2015

Panel report recommends blueprint for fixing biodefense gaps

Recommendations include executive-level management that spells out a national plan, pulls together a policy council, and unifies the biodefense budget.

Oct 02, 2015
Culturing cells in petri dish

Work continues on policies for 'gain of function' research

The NSABB plans to release final recommendations in spring 2016.

Sep 25, 2015

News Scan for Sep 25, 2015

US biosurveillance assessment
Plague case in New Mexico
MRSA and antibiotic stewardship
Sep 16, 2015

News Scan for Sep 16, 2015

Two new Saudi MERS cases
More cuke-linked Salmonella
Persistence of anthrax spores
Sep 03, 2015

News Scan for Sep 03, 2015

Pentagon biolab moratorium
New antimalarial combo
Aug 31, 2015

Biosecurity Scan for Aug 31, 2015

Further lab biosafety lapses
Smallpox vaccine response
Aug 19, 2015

News Scan for Aug 19, 2015

More Cyclospora cases
Plague in California
Ricin vaccine funding
Aug 18, 2015

News Scan for Aug 18, 2015

Vaccine hesitancy
FDA on contaminated scopes
More chikungunya cases
Anthrax vaccine contract
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.

Resources & Literature

Recent Literature

Adalja AA, Toner E, Inglesby TV. Clinical management of potential bioterrorism-related conditions. N Engl J Med 2015 Mar 5;372(10):954-62

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

Boddie C. Federal funding in support of Ebola medical countermeasures R&D. Health Security 2015 Jan/Feb;13(1):3-8

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

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

Rebmann T, Loux TM, Zink TK, et al. Infection prevention and mass vaccination training for U.S. point of dispensing staff and volunteers: a national study. Am J Infect Control 2015 (published online Jan 27)

Riccardo F, Shigematsu M, Chow C, et al. Interfacing a biosurveillance portal and an international network of institutional analysts to detect biological threats. Biosecur Bioterror 2014 Nov/Dec;12(6):325-36

Rozell DJ. Assessing and managing the risks of potential pandemic pathogen research. (Letter) mBio 2015 Jul 21;6(4):e01075-15

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

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