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Publication Date: January 22, 2021
Post Date: January 22, 2021
Since late November 2020, South Korea has culled 19.9 million poultry to guard against H5N8 highly pathogenic bird flu which has infected 68 premises.

Tags: bird fluavian influenzaH5N8

Publication Date: January 22, 2021
Post Date: January 22, 2021
This report from the United Kingdom determined during the period 6 January to 15 January, SARS-CoV-2 virus was circulating with a higher prevalence than between 25 November to 3 December with 158 in 10,000 infected.

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Publication Date: January 22, 2021
Post Date: January 22, 2021
This recent study identified host protein biomarkers capable of determining the likelihood Lassa Fever would be fatal.

Tags: Lassa feverLassa fever virusvirulence

Publication Date: January 21, 2021
Post Date: January 28, 2021
As a number of COVID-19 mutations make their way around the globe, concerns arise over a South African variant and vaccine efficacy.

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Publication Date: January 21, 2021
Post Date: January 22, 2021
Countries around the world are considering a way to allow citizens to have access to a global "vaccine passport" to show their vaccine status, specifically the COVID-19 vaccine. Among those leading the way, the Estonian, Hungarian, and Icelandic governments have all signed up to pilot a technology that would allow people who have received the vaccine to prove their health credentials at the scan of a QR code.

Tags: vaccinationvaccination policycountermeasures

Publication Date: January 21, 2021
Post Date: January 22, 2021
As the global agricultural industry stretches to meet expected population growth and food demand, a startup out of South Africa is using artificial intelligence to help farmers manage their farms, trees, and fruits. Using artificial intelligence, drones, and robotics, the technology helps track and assess crop health, including identifying sick trees, tracking pests and diseases, and providing yield management analytics.

Tags: agricultureartificial intelligenceplant disease surveillance

Publication Date: January 18, 2021
Post Date: January 22, 2021
Collaborators at the Leiden Institute of Biology are utilizing artificial intelligence to exploit new sources of antibiotics. Smart software assisted in searching genomes of bacteria and found clusters of DNA that code for proteins that have an antibiotic effect.

Tags: artificial intelligenceantibiotic alternativeantibiotic development

Publication Date: January 18, 2021
Post Date: January 19, 2021
Satellites are a group of pathogens that hijack unrelated viruses (called their “helpers”) to spread, aid the disease caused by their helper viruses to become more severe. One example is the hepatitis delta virus (hepatitis D or HDV) which is the only satellite known to cause illness in humans. Hepatitis D exploits the hepatitis B virus, to enter and exit cells, and in the process causes the most severe form of viral hepatitis in 20 million people worldwide. The pathway from other species to humans is only now becoming understood by researchers.

Tags: hepatitiszoonotic disease

Publication Date: January 18, 2021
Post Date: January 19, 2021
Agriculture officials in Leyte province in the Visayas region of the Philippines are reporting Africa swine fever (ASF) in several barangays (villages). Blood samples taken from hogs in Abuyog tested positive for ASF, the first case reported in the Eastern Visayas.

Tags: African swine feverswine disease

Publication Date: January 14, 2021
Post Date: January 19, 2021
Cybersecurity and biosecurity have historically been treated as two separate concerns. The COVID-19 pandemic, however, has contributed to the rise of cyberbiosecurity, highlighting vulnerabilities that are becoming a major public health threat.

Tags: cybersecuritybiosecurity