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Publication Date: October 6, 2020
Post Date: October 6, 2020

A newly developed 10-item "COVID-SCORE" tool was designed to evaluate public perception of different countries' responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a study published 10/6/2020 in PLOS One. The tool surveyed almost 14,000 participants to gauge public attitudes toward governmental response to different aspects of the ongoing pandemic. 

Tags: COVID-19global health preparednesspandemic response

Publication Date: October 5, 2020
Post Date: October 5, 2020

On October 1, 2020, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs provided the following update on the Ebola Outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo: 128 cases reported including 119 confirmed and 9 probable, 53 deaths including 44 confirmed and 9 probable, and 

Tags: EbolaEbola outbreakEbola response. Democratic Republic of Congo

Publication Date: October 5, 2020
Post Date: October 5, 2020

The 2020 Nobel Prize in Medicine was awarded to Harvey J. Alter, Michael Houghton, and Charles M. Rice. 

Publication Date: October 4, 2020
Post Date: October 9, 2020

Increasing ransomware attacks on healthcare systems have contributed to a number of user service interruptions, including two pharmaceutical companies engaged in clinical vaccine trials.

Tags: clinical trialbiosecurityinformation technology

Publication Date: October 4, 2020
Post Date: October 6, 2020

In July 2015, a formerly unknown orthopox virus was discovered when a woman developed a small skin lesion, fever, and fatigue in Fairbanks, Alaska. The virus, known as "Alaskapox," is known to have infected only two humans, both in Fairbanks, and is now suspected to be caused by contact with small animals.

Tags: orthopoxvirus

Publication Date: October 2, 2020
Post Date: October 2, 2020

Brazil has been able to protect its pig industry from disease outbreaks which have affected other countries.  This article provides information about Brazil's biosecurity procedures which have protected its pig industry.  

Tags: animal disease controlswine diseaseswine biosecurity

Publication Date: October 2, 2020
Post Date: October 2, 2020

Kansas State University is developing a smartphone application to build a database of facial recognition technology for the cattle industry. This app could be used to boost biosecurity efforts and assist with animal disease contact tracing.

Tags: agriculture technologyanimal disease countermeasurestraceability

Publication Date: October 2, 2020
Post Date: October 2, 2020

Researchers compared the diagnostic capabilities of ten SARS CoV-2 antibody test kits to determine which test(s) performed with the highest sensitivity under various sample circumstances.

Tags: SARS-associated coronavirusdiagnostic technologyCOVID-19

Publication Date: October 2, 2020
Post Date: October 2, 2020

Researchers from India and the United States conducted a large epidemiological study of COVID-19. The researchers found eight percent of people with COVID-19 accounted for 60 percent of the new infections observed among the contacts. The team also discovered seven out of 10 COVID-19 patients were not linked to any new cases. The study examined data from 575,071 individuals who were tested after coming into contact with 84,965 people with confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Tags: SARS-associated coronavirusepidemiologyCOVID-19

Publication Date: October 2, 2020
Post Date: October 2, 2020

Texas A&M's College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences (CVMBS) is developing the first oral anthrax vaccine for livestock and wildlife. An injectable vaccine currently exists, but it requires a hand-injection every year. Injecting livestock and wildlife with a hand injected vaccine annually is not only expensive but is logistically impossible for wildlife.

Tags: anthrax vaccineanimal disease countermeasurescattle disease