Genetic information about pathogens is important for disease control and research. Uncertainty about ownership of genetic information hinders access to knowledge that is needed for public health response.
Once poliomyelitis is eradicated, infectious poliovirus materials retained in laboratories, vaccine production sites, and other facilities will pose a risk for poliovirus reintroduction into communities.
A disease jumping from a buffalo to a cow is making a short evolutionary jump, and is less likely to be fatal. A disease jumping from a buffalo to a cat involves a larger evolutionary jump and a higher chance of death. Luckily, this lethality may cause the disease to spread poorly amongst its new hosts.
You can't just look at infection numbers and declare victory. You also need to ensure the virus exists only in dedicated labs with obsessively strict safety protocols and purge it from every other scientific and medical facility that might, maybe, harbor particles of the deadly infection. Such labs are numerous.
Incidents causing potential exposures to pathogens occur frequently in the high security laboratories. Lab incidents that lead to undetected or unreported laboratory-acquired infections can lead to the release of a disease into the community outside the lab.
The Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) intercepted Gang Li’s flight and found he was transporting seven undeclared test tubes of an unknown substance in his checked baggage. Laboratory testing confirmed the items included the following viruses: Peste des Petits Ruminants, Newcastle disease, Duck Adenovirus 1, and Parainfluenza Virus 5.
This National Ebola Training and Education Center course discusses the assessment, management, and placement of persons suspected to have Ebola and Other Special Pathogens.
.This course facilitates learners to describe pathogen-related factors that may warrant treatment in a biocontainment unit and to distinguish between concepts of infectious, communicable, and hazardous as they relate to Ebola and other special pathogens of concern. Participants will also be able to describe the clinical presentation of selected special pathogens from the two broad categories: viral hemorrhagic fevers and the highly pathogenic respiratory viruses.
Billions of microbes can live in a teaspoon of soil, but scientists don't know much about how — or why — they're there.
Global terrorism is a rapidly growing threat to world security, and increases the risk of bioterrorism.