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The Ebola Review, Part II

(Foreign Policy) The G-7 Summit in Germany convening June 7 to June 8 will focus on the epidemic threat agenda, framed both as biosecurity and health system strengthening…  German Chancellor Angela Merkel said: “We need some kind of global disaster response plan. And the World Health Organization must play a key part in  Read More »

The Ebola Review, Part I

(Foreign Policy) The G-7 nations will commence their annual summit on June 7 in Germany, and the host, Chancellor Angela Merkel, has put the Ebola epidemic and its implications for global biosecurity at the top of the agenda.

Vanderbilt receives Gates Foundation grant to develop wristband mosquito repellent device

The concept of a wrist- or ankle-band that would emit a colorless, odorless protective shield is the outgrowth of previous research into the mosquito’s sense of smell performed by Vanderbilt biologist Laurence J. Zwiebel and an international team of collaborators with the support of the foundation’s original Grand Challenges in Global  Read More »

Indian Woman Being Treated in U.S. for Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis

(NY Times) Infectious diseases carried around the world by air travelers have become a fact of modern life, with imported cases in just the last year of Ebola, Lassa fever and, now, a highly drug-resistant form of tuberculosis.  In the latest incident, a woman with TB flew from India to O’Hare International Airport  Read More »

Scores of labs may have received live anthrax samples from Army facility

(LA Times) An Army bio-defense facility in Utah may have mistakenly sent live anthrax samples to 51 commercial companies, academic institutions and federal labs without proper safeguards, more than double the total disclosed last week, a widening Pentagon investigation has found.