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How New York City Simulates an Anthrax Attack

(Gizmodo) Today, New York City is mounting a large-scale simulation of an anthrax attack, the biggest emergency simulation the city has ever staged.

Ebola outbreak: We’re heading towards a catastrophe, warns top medic

(The Telegraph) The health chief leading the fight against the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has warned it was spiraling out of control towards a “catastrophic” epidemic that could engulf the region. Margaret Chan, director general of the World Health Organisation, said the response to the disease had been “woefully inadequate”  Read More »

‘Milestone’ for child malaria vaccine

(BBC News) Experts say the world’s first malaria vaccine could be approved for use in 2015. Reporting in PLOS Medicine, researchers found that for every 1,000 children who received the vaccine, an average of 800 cases of illness could be prevented. And in continuing trials it went on to provide protection  Read More »

Nigeria Confirms Doctor as 2nd Ebola Case

(Associated Press) Authorities in Nigeria on Monday announced a second case of Ebola in Africa’s most populous country, an alarming setback as the total death toll from the disease in several West Africa countries shot up by more than 150 to 887.

New route to identify drugs that can fight bacterial infections

(AAAS EurekAlert) About 100 drugs already approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for other purposes can also prevent the growth of certain bacterial pathogens inside human cells, including those that cause Legionnaires’ disease, brucellosis, and Mediterranean spotted fever. The findings, published in mBio®, the online open-access journal of  Read More »