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May 18, 2016

May 18, 2016
Capitol Hill

Senate passes Zika funds as groups brace for readiness cuts

Elsewhere, the WHO rates the Zika threat to Europe as low to moderate.

May 09, 2014

May 09, 2014
Micrograph of MERS-CoV

Saudis report 10 more MERS cases, 7 deaths

Most of the new cases occurred among young adults in Jeddah and Riyadh, half of them asymptomatic.

Aug 20, 2013

Aug 20, 2013
A lab researcher at work.

CDC funding helps states boost disease detection

The CDC today announced $75 million in grants to help states and cities respond to infectious disease threats.

Dec 13, 2012

Dec 13, 2012

With new rules, few public health labs to handle riskiest agents

(CIDRAP News) – With tougher security requirements set to take effect next April, few state public health laboratories plan to maintain stocks of certain pathogens considered most tempting to bioterrorists, according to the Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) and officials with state labs.

Oct 18, 2012

Oct 18, 2012

HHS seeks comments on risks of H5N1 research

(CIDRAP News) – Federal health officials are inviting the public to weigh in on whether research on H5N1 avian influenza viruses, including strains modified in the lab to make them more transmissible, is risky enough to require new safety regulations and precautions.

Oct 10, 2012

Oct 10, 2012

Changes in select agent rules concern public health labs

(CIDRAP News) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has revised its list of potentially dangerous biological agents and toxins and the regulations covering them, and some of the changes have public health laboratories concerned.

Sep 12, 2012

Sep 12, 2012

CDC says West Nile activity may have peaked

(CIDRAP News) – Federal health officials today said the worst of the nation's West Nile virus (WNV) outbreak appears to be over but warned that cases will continue to add up at a pace on track to make 2012 a record year.

Sep 07, 2012

Sep 07, 2012

West Nile surge pushes supply of test kits

(CIDRAP News) – The surge in West Nile virus (WNV) infections in many states over the summer led to a temporary shortage of diagnostic test kits that at one point halted testing at some commercial and local labs and led one state to warn health providers to reserve the tests for the most seriously ill patients.

Jan 05, 2012

Jan 05, 2012

Experts say US needs better tracking of lab accidents

(CIDRAP News) – In releasing safety guidelines today for workers in medical diagnostic laboratories, a panel of experts convened by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said the nation needs a system for "nonpunitive" surveillance and reporting of laboratory-acquired infections (LAIs).

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