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Publication Date: June 10, 2021
Post Date: June 10, 2021
Researchers using using mosquitoes infected with Wolbachia bacteria, cut Dengue fever cases by 77 percent and reduced the number of infected people requiring hospital care by 86 percent.

Tags: denguemosquito controlmosquito-borne illness

Publication Date: June 4, 2021
Post Date: June 9, 2021
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a drug, developed by the biopharmaceutical company Chimerix, called Tambexa (brincidofovir) for Smallpox therapy. To read more, click the blue button!

Tags: smallpoxsmallpox treatmentcountermeasures

Publication Date: May 31, 2021
Post Date: June 11, 2021
Turkey's Health Ministry announced that 13 people have been killed by Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever (CCHF). CCHF cases are concentrated in the northern parts of central Anatolia, the central areas of the Black Sea region, and north of the eastern Anatolia region.

Tags: zoonotic diseaseCrimean Congo hemorrhagic fever

Publication Date: May 24, 2021
Post Date: May 27, 2021
The World Health Organization (WHO) signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Switzerland to create a WHO BioHub Facility. The new facility is designed to enhance the rapid sharing of virus and pathogen information. The current COVID-19 pandemic and previous outbreaks underscore the need for such a facility.

Tags: biohubpathogenpathogen identification

Publication Date: May 22, 2021
Post Date: June 11, 2021
A recent study conducted by Public Health England (PHE) analyzed the effectiveness of the Pfizer and AstraZeneca Vaccines against the new SARS-CoV-2 B.1.617.2 variant from India. It was concluded that the two dose vaccines were highly effective against the variant.

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Publication Date: May 12, 2021
Post Date: May 24, 2021
Biosecurity and biosafety include disinfecting practices. Read this article to learn more about how smartphones were contaminated with staphylococci and why it is important.

Tags: veterinary best practicebiosecuritydisinfection

Publication Date: May 11, 2021
Post Date: May 24, 2021
The Philippines has declared a state of emergency as African swine fever spreads. As of May 05, it has reached 12 regions and 46 provinces.

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Publication Date: May 11, 2021
Post Date: May 24, 2021
The eradication of smallpox created a national security threat and potential public health disaster. The end of vaccinations in civilian populations made smallpox a more dangerous bioweapon. Understanding this unintended consequence, can inform a better understanding of the relationship between public health and national security.

Tags: biosecuritysmallpoxbioterrorism

Publication Date: May 11, 2021
Post Date: May 24, 2021
Scripps research scientists shared a new vaccine design for the Ebola virus. In the new design, copies of the Ebola virus outer spike protein are tethered to the surface of a spherical carrier particle. The design is intended to stimulate a better protective immune response than standard vaccine approaches, which often expose the immune system to individual glycoproteins rather than realistic-looking virus particles.

Tags: EbolaEbola vaccinecountermeasures

Publication Date: May 10, 2021
Post Date: May 17, 2021
Japan is currently experiencing an outbreak of H5N8 bird flu, which has caused veterinary authorities to cull roughly 9.87 million birds.

Tags: H5N8bird fluavian influenza