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  • Reported tularemia cases – – United States, 2003-2012
    Rabbit fever seen in Colorado
    The Weld County CO Department of Public Health announced on Aug. 12 that a Larimer County resident has been diagnosed with "rabbit fever" or tularemia after mowing on a property in Weld County. The bacterial illness is most common in...
  • CDC may shut down labs plagued by security breaches
    CDC may shut down labs plagued by security breaches
    A spate of laboratory scares and controversies could downsize America’s biodefense network —tightening security and, perhaps, saving money.The U.S. spent $19 billion expanding biodefense research duringthe past decade. The number of...
  • medical countermeasures
    New flu vaccine facility amps up vaccine production potential
    The USDA has given approval for the manufacture of a seasonal influenza vaccine in the US using cell based technology. This milestone marks the first approval of using cell based technology in a stateside facility. The company, Novartis of Basel,...
  • glanders disease
    HHS funds drug for bioterrorism, antimicrobial-resistant infections
    A new drug to help protect the public against two bioterrorism threats and provide a new option to treat antibiotic-resistant infections will advance in development under a public-private partnership, the U.S. Department of Health and Human...
  • Bioterrorism
    How safe is our food supply from bioterrorism?
    With Louisiana added on Friday to the growing list of states with cyclosporiasis cases, the FDA is reporting that over 400 people have been infected with the intestinal parasite.The Bayou State joins Iowa, Texas, Nebraska, Florida, Wisconsin, New...
  • West Nile Virus
    CDC: U.S. is at greater risk than ever from West Nile Virus
    The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) says this last year's mild winter and wet spring are contributing factors for the worst West Nile Virus outbreak since the disease was first detected in the United States in 1999.As of August 14, at least...
  • H5N1
    Potentially deadly and highly transmissible H5N1 flu virus created in lab
    Last year, researchers had modified the virus to make it more transmissible between humans. H5N1 spreads quickly among birds and usually proves to be fatal, but the virus does not seem to pass easily among human beings, though when it does the...
  • Biohazard
    This Weekend: Maricopa County holds mock bioterrorist event on April 14
    File this one under bioterrorism threats.On Saturday, April 14, 2012 at North Canyon High School, the Maricopa County Department of Health, along with more than 200 volunteers, will be hosting a “dispensing drill” in order to prepare...
  • Moratorium Called on Scientific Research of Deadly H5N1 Bird Flu
    Moratorium Called on Scientific Research of Deadly H5N1 Bird Flu
    Moratorium Called on Scientific Research of Deadly H5N1 Bird FluBy Ellen Cannon Leading influenza scientists have decided to stop certain experiments on H5N1 bird flu for sixty days so that the scientific research community can consider what type...
  • Grand opening of UCLA’s Global Bio Lab this Friday
    Grand opening of UCLA’s Global Bio Lab this Friday
    According to UCLA’s School of Public Health, infectious diseases are spreading faster than at any other time in history and are the leading cause of acute human illness, lost productivity and death worldwide. Quick detection of these...
  • Electron micrograph of Arenavirus causing Lassa fever
    Auburn develops new bioterror combat program
    Scientists at Auburn University, Utah State University, and the Department of Agriculture and Food, State of Utah collaborated on the development of a new method to combat arenavirusesand their potential use as bioterror weapons.A growing number...
  • Rabbits carry tularemia and are prey for cats
    Vet warns that summer is the season for tularemia, especially in cats
    This is according to Kansas State University veterinarian Brad DeBay who says that the summer months are when they see increases in the deadly bacterial diseases tularemia in animals but especially in cats. This is also an issue for humans as...
  • It has been laboratory confirmed that 30 hippos have died as a result of anthrax
    Follow up to Ugandan hippo die-off
    Here is an update to a story I reported last week in which 27 hippos were found dead in a national park in Uganda. At the time, authorities in Uganda highly suspected the hippos perished to the spore-forming bacterium, Bacillus anthracis or the...
  • Plague and anthrax are two of the biohazard agents to be studied at the new facility
    George Mason University opens Biodefense lab
    A new biodefense research facility was opened on the campus of George Mason University in Virginia. Some 50 scientists and researchers employed there will study infectious diseases and be part of a national effort to fight bioterrorism. The George...
  • Brucella colonies as grown on bacteriologic media
    Veterinary Medicine professor suspended for unauthorized Brucella research
    A University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine professor has had his laboratory and research privileges revoked for 5 years for unauthorized research conducted in his laboratory. According to a story in the Journal of American...