Recent News

Sep 22, 2016
Petri dish in lab

GAO finds 11 more breaches at high-security labs

The most common pathogens not properly inactivated were Bacillus anthracis and Francisella tularensis.

Sep 15, 2016

News Scan for Sep 15, 2016

Bacillus cereus as Select Agent
Shingles vaccine in older adults
Salmonella and live poultry
Avian flu in Africa
Malaria net
Aug 22, 2016
DA Henderson

Infectious disease field loses 'commander-in-chief' D.A. Henderson

Besides leading smallpox eradication, Henderson is also known for his role in shaping public health education and for instilling passion for solving infectious disease problems.

Aug 17, 2016

News Scan for Aug 17, 2016

Soviet anthrax accident clues
Nigeria polio campaign
Chikungunya update
Aug 08, 2016

News Scan for Aug 08, 2016

H3N2v cases in US
Yellow fever vaccine update
Saudi Arabia MERS case
Anthrax vaccine developments
Measles in Myanmar
AI in Ghana and Denmark
Polio eradication
Aug 02, 2016

News Scan for Aug 02, 2016

Plasmids and antibiotic resistance
Saudi MERS cases
More chikungunya
Anthrax vaccine candidate
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

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)

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

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

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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