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Nov 01, 2017

Nov 01, 2017
BSL-3 laboratory

GAO calls for better oversight of high-containment labs

Gaps the GAO identified include instances of agencies overseeing their own labs, a need for more focus on the highest-risk activities, and understaffing.

Oct 19, 2017

Oct 19, 2017

News Scan for Oct 19, 2017

Plague in Madagascar
Marburg deaths in Uganda
CDC Zika guidance update
Animal agriculture threat report
Gonococcal antimicrobial surveillance

Sep 22, 2016

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.

Apr 21, 2016

Apr 21, 2016
Biosafety lab

GAO: Many US agencies have gaps in lab safety policies

High-containment labs across the US government, including the CDC, have safety gaps, the GAO says.

Oct 30, 2015

Oct 30, 2015
High-containment lab

White House releases detailed lab biosafety plan

The plan includes ways to improve safety and security at US labs that conduct infectious disease research.

Aug 31, 2015

Aug 31, 2015

Biosecurity Scan for Aug 31, 2015

Further lab biosafety lapses
Smallpox vaccine response

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.

Jul 09, 2015

Jul 09, 2015

Biosecurity Scan for Jul 09, 2015

Slow US biosurveillance efforts
More labs receive live anthrax

Apr 13, 2015

Apr 13, 2015
Commercial chicken farm

H5N2 reaches Wisconsin, expands in SD, Minnesota

With Wisconsin now affected, experts ponder what's causing the historic outbreak on numerous Midwestern farms.

Mar 13, 2015

Mar 13, 2015

News Scan for Mar 13, 2015

Melioidosis-linked lab lapses
More Saudi MERS cases
Hospital Listeria outbreak
Cleaning medical devices
New campus meningitis case

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