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Publication Date: August 27, 2021
Post Date: August 31, 2021
As of July, when African swine fever (ASF) made its way to the Dominican Republic, the US has been working to create a Foreign Animal Disease Zone to prevent ASF from entering the United States. This protection zone includes Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. Click the Blue button to learn more about how the US Department of Agriculture has been supporting this effort.

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Publication Date: August 26, 2021
Post Date: August 31, 2021
Taiwan Ministry of National Defense's Medical Affairs Bureau announced a new biosafety laboratory in New Taipei Cities Sansia District, a mountainous region near the Institute of Preventative Medicine. This laboratory has been underworks for several years and was not a result of the current COVID-19 pandemic. For more information, click the blue button for the news story.

Tags: BSL-4infectious disease research

Publication Date: August 17, 2021
Post Date: August 27, 2021
A new plague vaccine, developed by the scientists who created the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, has been given to the first trial participants..

Tags: bubonic plagueYersinia pestiscountermeasures

Publication Date: July 28, 2021
Post Date: July 29, 2021
The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has confirmed that African swine fever has been found in the Dominican Republic. This is the first detection of the disease in the Americas in about 40 years.

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Publication Date: July 28, 2021
Post Date: July 29, 2021
Scientists have identified the sex determination gene in Anopheles gambiae mosquitoes, which has allowed them to genetically render female mosquitoes infertile. If the research is approved, this could assist with addressing malaria transmission.

Tags: malaria countermeasuresgenetically modified mosquitoesmosquito control

Publication Date: July 28, 2021
Post Date: July 29, 2021
France has issued a three month moratorium on laboratory prion research in response to a retired lab worker being diagnosed with Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. In 2019, another lab worker died at age 33, 10 years after pricking her thumb during an experiment with prion-infected mice.

Tags: prion diseaselaboratory biosafetylaboratory failure

Publication Date: July 9, 2021
Post Date: July 14, 2021
African swine fever is responsible for the death of numerous pigs in Sichuan, China, an area known for being a top-producing province of hogs. It appears small farmers, who do not follow biosecurity disease prevention, have been impacted most. For more information, click the blue button.

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Publication Date: July 8, 2021
Post Date: July 14, 2021
Balochistan has two reported cases of Crimean Congo Haemorrhagic fever, better known as Congo virus in humans. One case in an 11-year-old boy from Chaman and another case in a 40-year-old man from Loralai. To read more, click the blue button.

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Publication Date: July 8, 2021
Post Date: July 14, 2021
After laboratory tests, it has been confirmed anthrax is responsible for killing a Saskatchewan Agriculture sheep in South Qu'Appelle. To read more about this story, please click the blue button.

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Publication Date: July 8, 2021
Post Date: July 14, 2021
CoronaVac, an inactivated whole-virion SARS-CoV-2 vaccine, during trials in Turkey was found to have a good safety profile and to be well tolerated among individuals 18 years and older. Read more about this study by clicking the blue box.

Tags: COVID-19coronaviruscountermeasures