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May 07, 2019

May 07, 2019
Piglet in person's arms

Feds cite flu, Salmonella, MERS, Lyme among zoonotic threats

Other high-priority diseases include West Nile, plague, rabies, and brucellosis.

Jul 17, 2015

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.

Apr 22, 2015

Apr 22, 2015
Turkey

USDA hopes weather will help as H5N2 outbreaks mount

Officials mull the effects of weather, migration routes, and possible airborne spread.

Mar 23, 2015

Mar 23, 2015
Canada goose

H5N8 found in more wild birds in US, Sweden

High-path H5N8 turns up in Oregon and in Sweden, and US officials provide new details on the recent H5N2 outbreak in Kansas.

Aug 15, 2014

Aug 15, 2014
Biolab

CDC probe of H5N1 cross-contamination reveals protocol lapses, reporting delays

In its report on flu sample cross-contamination today, the CDC detailed departures from best practices and reporting delays.

Jul 16, 2014

Jul 16, 2014
US Capitol

Congress probes lapses at high-containment labs

The hearing revealed systemic problems and worries about the safety culture of lab workers.

Jul 11, 2014

Jul 11, 2014
BSL-4 lab worker

More problems shutter CDC labs, prompt review

In addition to recent problems with anthrax and smallpox, high-path avian flu has now entered the mix.

May 01, 2013

May 01, 2013

US labs progress with H7N9 studies as CDC urges readiness

(CIDRAP News) – As labs in the United States study how the H7N9 virus behaves in humans and animals, state and local health officials should dust off their pandemic preparedness plans in case the virus becomes a bigger threat, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today.

Apr 26, 2013

Apr 26, 2013

CDC: Labs take lead role in H7N9 preparedness

(CIDRAP News) – The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today issued an update on routine preparedness steps it is taking to protect the country if the novel H7N9 virus in China starts spreading among humans.

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