The industry as a whole has an opportunity to build on the initial self-regulation model that has been employed by several pioneering gene synthesis companies.
Efforts to trace contacts of people with Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo have been hampered by mistrust in conflict-ridden outbreak zone.
Researchers at an Indian hospital have identified strains of hypervirulent, carbapenem-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae associated with extremely high mortality rates. The findings represent the first report of a hypervirulent form of the drug-resistant pathogen in India.
Since the beginning of 2017, six countries and territories of the Region of the Americas reported confirmed cases of yellow fever: Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, and Peru. The number of human cases reported in the Region of the Americas during this period is the highest in decades.
Since 2013, the H7N9 avian influenza A virus (AIV) has caused human infections and to the extent of now surpassing H5N1.
The $8.4million project will develop technology to rapidly develop vaccines against known pathogens - such as flu, and unknown pathogens, called Disease X. The project will create a so-called self-amplifying RNA (saRNA) vaccine platform.
A new outbreak of the foot-and-mouth disease has been reported among pigs in Hanoi’s Ba Vi District. Local reports say 261 pigs belonging to 19 households in six communes of the rural district have been affected by the disease.
China has confirmed new outbreaks of African swine fever in the northern province of Shaanxi and southern province of Guizhou.
The agency has been conducting surveillance sampling of the food supply for decades but enhanced the pathogen surveillance program in 2014 to be more proactive and preventive by selectively targeting certain food products for testing.
Attacks by armed groups happen on a daily basis across Congo’s North Kivu province, where the Ebola virus has been spreading since August, infecting almost 500 people and killing more than 270.