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Ebola Crisis: Obama Says World Falling Short in Response

WallStreetJournal- President Barack Obama, during a high-level United Nations meeting on the Ebola outbreak,  criticized the international response to the epidemic in West Africa as falling short of what is needed to combat a crisis “spreading at alarming speed.” Specifically, Mr. Obama said institutions like the U.N. need to move faster, and more  Read More »

Elusys Announces Results from Anthrax Anti-Toxin Trials

GlobalBiodefense- Elusys Therapeutics, Inc. this week announced it has completed three Phase 3 healthy adult volunteer safety studies of obiltoxaximab (ETI-204), an anti-toxin in development for the treatment of inhalation anthrax. Data from these studies support the safety and tolerability of the antitoxin when administered intravenously (IV) at the intended therapeutic  Read More »

White House Issues New Regulations for Dangerous Biological Research

NewYorkTimes: The Obama administration on Wednesday issued new guidelines intended to strengthen the oversight of federally funded biology research that could inadvertently produce bio-weapons. The new policy shifts the burden of finding and disclosing the dangerous aspects of research from the funding agency — usually the National Institutes of Health —  Read More »

CDC probing reports of paralysis in 9 Colorado children, including some with Enterovirus 68

TheWashingtonPost- Several children in Colorado, including some that have tested positive for the Enterovirus 68 respiratory illness, also reported neurological symptoms including muscle weakness and paralysis. That virus has been confirmed in the District of Columbia and all but 10 states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and it has  Read More »

Ebola Epidemic Could Top a Million Victims If Not Contained, CDC Warns

National Geographic- Between 550,000 and 1.4 million people in West Africa would fall ill with Ebola by late January if the infection rate stays the same as it was in August, according to a projection model released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).