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Fact Sheet: Emergency Response to the Ebola Crisis

TheWorldBank: The Ebola epidemic continues to spread rapidly in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, with the World Health Organization (WHO) projecting that the virus could infect more than 20,000 people.  If the virus continues to surge in the three worst-affected countries, its economic impact could deal a potentially catastrophic blow to these  Read More »

Boston Children’s admits 90 patients with respiratory illness over last week

TheBostonGlobe: Boston Children’s Hospital has admitted 90 patients with respiratory illness over the last eight days, triple the number admitted during the same period last year, hospital officials said.

US prepares Ebola worker ‘surge,’ evacuation plan

TheHill: The U.S. government is preparing to send more healthcare workers to West Africa to fight the Ebola epidemic as international aid workers leave the region due to exhaustion or illness. 

Development of Self-Powered Chemical and Biological Sensors

GlobalBiodefense: New types of smart materials that can respond to selective stimuli hold promise in the development of novel platforms for self-powered chemical and biological (CB) sensors that can sense and destroy threat agents.

New Compound Inhibits Enzyme Crucial to MERS and SARS

GlobalBiodefense: Scientists at the University of Illinois, Chicago, have identified a compound that effectively inhibits an enzyme crucial to the viruses that cause Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS).