The role of isolation, self-protection, and mosquito abatement in an Agent-Based model of Dengue Fever transmission

Dengue fever (DF), a neglected tropical disease spread by mosquitoes has traditionally been described in compartmental models. Agent-based models provide an alternative means of uantifying the spread of dengue and the eect of various interventions

Fred W. Selck, Nidhi Bouri, Crystal Franco, Tara Kirk Sell, Amesh A. Adalja
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July 2011

The Scope of Biosafety and Biosecurity in Uganda

“The conclusions and recommendations in this report are the committee’s response to their charge as reflected in the Statement of Task. The Committee was asked to review and assess the current state of knowledge pertaining to the meaning and scope of biosafety and biosecurity with a view to informing both policymakers and legislators in Uganda as they attempt to come up with a pertinent national policy and regulatory framework. After listening to testimony as provided by presenters in the open session (see Appendix B), the Committee deliberated in closed session for two days. Using the testimony presented, published literature and their own expertise, the Committee reached conclusions and made recommendations that provide a clearer picture of how Cabinet and Parliament in Uganda can come up with evidence-based policies and legislation with respect to biosafety and biosecurity.”

Uganda National Academy of Science (UNAS)
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The State of Biopreparedness

UPMC Center for Biosecurity’s Conference Report on The State of Biopreparedness: Lessons from Leaders, Proposals for Progress summarizes the day’s discussions of successes in biopreparedness to date, lessons learned, and next steps in preparing the U.S. for a biological attack or catastrophic epidemic. Speakers included HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Senator Bob Graham, and other distinguished experts.

Center for Biosecurity of UPMC
Publish Date:
October 2010

The Threat of Agroterrorism: Economics of Bioterrorism

“Particularly worrisome, from an economic perspective, is a particular type of bioterrorism: agricultural terrorism. Agroterrorism is defined as attacks against livestock and crops, but this article will focus on livestock-targeted attacks, which, if successful, present a multibillion dollar challenge to the economy of the United States. Agroterrorism is a relatively affordable way for a terrorist group to undercut a nation’s economy, undermine its political system, cause nationwide panic, and generate enormous publicity for the organization or individual responsible for the attack.”
By Mark G. Polyak

Division of Integrated Biodefense (DIB), Imaging Science and Information Systems Center (ISIS Center), Georgetown University Medical Center
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The Weapons of Mass Destruction Prevention and Preparedness Act

Senate Bill S.1649
Introduced to Senate: September 8th, 2009
Sponsor: Senator Joseph Lieberman [CT]
Status: Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders, Calendar No. 705 on December 17, 2010.

A bill to prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, to prepare for attacks using weapons of mass destruction, and for other purposes.