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C.D.C. Says Tuberculosis Lab, Shut Amid Exposure Scare, Can Continue Its Work

(New York Times) Operations can resume at a government tuberculosis laboratory in Atlanta that was shut down this month as part of a moratorium on handling dangerous microbes, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Thursday. The moratorium, imposed by the agency after two accidents at other laboratories that could  Read More »

CDC issues updated polio travel advisories, new vaccine requirements

(The Examiner) Many experts believed polio was on the verge of eradication, particularly after India, the most polio-endemic country in the world just a few short years ago, eliminated the crippling viral disease with it’s last case being reported on January 13, 2011. In fact, The World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General  Read More »

S.Korea confirms hog foot-and-mouth outbreak

(Reuters) South Korea has confirmed a case of foot-and-mouth disease at a hog farm, the country’s first outbreak in more than three years, the agriculture ministry said in a statement on Thursday.The case comes as Asia’s fourth-largest economy strives to contain a six-month outbreak of bird flu, which has pushed pork  Read More »

Dr. Nishal Mohan Resigns as Executive Director of the VBC

Dr. Nishal Mohan, founder and creator of the Virtual Biosecurity Center (VBC) has resigned his position as the Executive Director of the VBC and also his position as a VBC Board of Advisor member. Nishal joined the Federation of American Scientists (FAS) in December of 2008 to specifically work on the  Read More »

Northern Mongolia hit by Anthrax outbreak

ULAN BATOR, July 8 (Xinhua) — Mongolian authorities on Thursday confirmed that three herders have been infected with anthrax and that containment measures are already under way. All three cases happened in the Selenge province in northern Mongolia, where authorities have taken measures to quarantine and disinfect areas surrounding the herders’  Read More »