The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has approved reopening and partial operations of the US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID), the U.S. Department of Defense’s (DOD’s) lead laboratory for medical biological defense research. Over the summer, research was put on hold at the USAMRIID’s Fort Detrick, MD., location following a federal government-ordered shutdown that prompted a major reset of the institute’s biosafety program.
In mid-October, the Indonesian police discovered that a terrorist group had plotted a suicide attack using a bomb that contained the abrin poison in Cirebon, West Java. Police seized 310 grams of rosary pea seeds - the main ingredient of abrin.
The World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on Tuesday, November 26, evacuated dozens of personnel working on the Ebola epidemic from the town of Beni due to the worsening security situation. On Sunday, rebels killed eight people in an overnight raid.
In total, 238 of the 519 health zones across the Democratic Republic of Congo's (DRC) 26 provinces have reported a confirmed measles outbreak.
Three British nationals have been brought back to the UK from Sierra Leone for medical assessment after coming into close contact with two people diagnosed with Lassa fever.
The latest figures from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), confirmed 10 new cases of the disease in five states: five in Ondo, two in Edo, one each in Ebonyi, Bauchi and Abia. In those new cases, one person each died in Edo and Abia states.
The latest data from a national surveillance system that monitors foodborne bacteria for antibiotic resistance shows rising resistance to commonly used drugs to treat Salmonella infections.
The Queensland Government has scaled up its efforts by increasing education and awareness across potential pathways of disease ntroduction such as food outlets that may give leftovers to pig owners, people buying pork products from overseas, and feral pig hunters who might see something unusual. They have also enhanced laboratory diagnostic capacity, boosted biosecurity measures, and provided over 4000 registered biosecurity entities in Queensland.
Amid attacks on civilians by armed groups in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), an Ebola death “unlinked to any chain of transmission” risks reversing major gains against the epidemic, which is now down to just a handful of cases.