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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). 

Vials of Smallpox Virus Found in Unapproved Maryland Lab

ABCNEWS: Vials of the virus that causes smallpox were found in a National Institutes of Health research building that was unequipped and unapproved to handle the deadly pathogen, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Obama: U.S. military to provide equipment, resources to battle Ebola epidemic in Africa

TheWashingtonPost: President Obama said Sunday that the U.S. military will begin aiding what has been a chaotic and ineffective response to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, arguing that it represents a serious national security concern. The move significantly ramps up the U.S. response and comes as the already strained military is likely to  Read More »

Obama says military will help fight Ebola outbreak in West Africa

First Vaccine for Dengue Fever Shows Promise in 2nd Big Trial

(New York Times) An experimental vaccine against dengue fever being developed by Sanofi proved about 60 percent effective in its second large clinical trial. The results could clear the way for the introduction of the world’s first inoculation against the disease, which is mosquito-borne and becoming an increasing threat.