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US prepares Ebola worker ‘surge,’ evacuation plan

TheHill: The U.S. government is preparing to send more healthcare workers to West Africa to fight the Ebola epidemic as international aid workers leave the region due to exhaustion or illness. 

Development of Self-Powered Chemical and Biological Sensors

GlobalBiodefense: New types of smart materials that can respond to selective stimuli hold promise in the development of novel platforms for self-powered chemical and biological (CB) sensors that can sense and destroy threat agents.

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 »