Importing the Ebola virus and other infectious diseases is intended to help strengthen Japan’s inspection system for diseases that have never spread within the country, in preparation for an expected increase in visitors from abroad ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) has been applying radio-frequency identification (RFID) labels to biological samples for vaccine, drug and infectious disease management research, so that samples can be identified in freezers without being removed from cold storage.
Japan's health ministry and the National Institute of Infectious Diseases are considering importing frozen pathogens of Ebola, Crimean-Congo fever, Marburg, and Lassa fever.
Research into dangerous viruses and bacteria is important, but for the deadliest pathogens, it’s not clear the benefits are worth the risks.
Clinical laboratories, such as public health or academic labs, commonly conduct procedures involving pathogens that are infectious via inhalation.
There are only four companies in the world that have successfully commercialized Botox, but Korea has three: Medytox, Daewoong Pharmaceuticals and Hugel.
Fewer than one-in-10 countries have met global standards for securing high-consequence pathogens, increasing risks of an accidental disease outbreak or bioterrorism, a campaign group has warned. Just 19 countries completing a United Nations safety check have built or shown strong biosecurity safeguards.
By simulating the occurrence of a containment breach in their own countries, participants could critically review and update their respective national plans for responding to such an event in a poliovirus essential facility (PEF). They could also identify potential deficiencies in their countries’ overall emergency response and contingency planning systems.
The US Army made recommendations for improving safety and security at US Department of Defense (DOD) laboratories that handle Biological Select Agents and Toxins (BSAT). This report is the US Government Accountability Organization (GAO) review of DOD’s actions to address the Army’s recommendations.
More than three years have passed since news emerged that the Army inadvertently shipped 575 samples of live Bacillus anthracis to nearly 200 labs and contractors across the globe between 2004 and 2015.