Recent News

May 16, 2018

News Scan for May 16, 2018

Pandemic exercise lessons
Saudi MERS case
New rapid rabies test
May 02, 2018

News Scan for May 02, 2018

Hypervirulent, drug-resistant Klebsiella
Smallpox antiviral treatment
Nigerian Lassa fever
Dengue in Reunion
Apr 24, 2018

News Scan for Apr 24, 2018

US stockpile management
Lassa fever in Nigeria
Meningitis B vaccine progress
Apr 23, 2018

News Scan for Apr 23, 2018

HHS anthrax antitoxin buy
Ebola lab exposure
Measles vaccine gaps, death burden
Apr 17, 2018
Preparedness backbacks

Preparedness index reflects overall gains but some regional gaps

The US as a whole had a score of 7.1 out of 10 for 2017, nearly a 3% improvement.

Apr 17, 2018

News Scan for Apr 17, 2018

MERS in Saudi Arabia
Funding biosecurity efforts
Colistin stewardship in South Africa
Mar 13, 2018

News Scan for Mar 13, 2018

Salmonella turtle outbreak
Avian flu in 3 nations
Dengue and stroke
New anthrax vaccine
Mar 02, 2018

News Scan for Mar 02, 2018

Yellow fever in Brazil
Emergent award for smallpox countermeasure
H5N6 in Denmark and Wales
More kratom-linked Salmonella cases
Mar 01, 2018

News Scan for Mar 01, 2018

Low flu VE in Europe
Novavax flu vaccine trial
Avian flu outbreaks
Public health spending report card
Biodefense caucus forms
Feb 26, 2018

News Scan for Feb 26, 2018

Saudi MERS cases
CDC high-containment labs
Immigrant TB screening

Resources & Literature

Recent Literature

Bjork A, Sosin DM. Characterization of departures from regulatory requirements identified during inspections conducted by the US Federal Select Agent Program, 2014-15. Health Secur 2017 Dec 1;15(6):587-98

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

Jia Q, Bowen R, Dillon BJ, et al. Single vector platform vaccine protects against lethal respiratory challenge with Tier 1 select agents of anthrax, plague, and tularemia. Sci Rep 2018 (published online May 3)

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)

McNeill R, Topping J, SPT Response Plan Task Group. Federal, provincial and territorial public health response plan for biological events. Can Commun Dis Rep 2018 Jan 4;44(1):1-5

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