Two more cases of novel Alaskapox virus reported

Following on from the detection In 2015 and 2020 of two novel orthopox cases in the Fairbanks area of Alaska, the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services has recently reported that two additional infections were detected in July and August, of this year. 

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Monkeypox in DRC. 600 cases in 6 weeks.

In the paste 6 weeks, the WHO has reported an additional 629 cases of Monkeypox in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). There have also been six additional monkeypox fatalities reported. 

From the beginning of the year through to August 8th, 2,523 cases have been reported

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CDC Stands Up New Disease Forecasting Center

On August 18th the CDC announced a new center designed to advance the use of forecasting and outbreak analytics in public health decision making. Once established, the Center for Forecasting and Outbreak Analytics will bring together next-generation public health data, expert disease

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Heat Biologics Announces Formation of Biothreat Advisory Board

Heat Biologics, Inc., a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing first-in-class therapies to modulate the immune system, announces it has commenced development of a new biosecurity/biodefense initiative. The Company also announces it has formed an advisory board

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First ever case of Marburg in Guinea confirmed

A recently queried case of Marburg virus in Guinea has now been confirmed. This is the first time the virus, a highly infectious disease that casuse hemorrhagic fever, had been detected in Guinea, and West Africa.

The patient sought treatment at a local clinic in Koundou, where a

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BARDA purchases NUZYRA to treat anthrax infections

As part of ongoing national preparedness efforts, BARDA has purchased and begun accepting delivery of the antibiotic NUZYRA (omadacycline) from Paratek Pharmaceuticals of Boston, Massachusetts, to treat infections caused by anthrax.

The contract with Paratek was BARDA’s first

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Concerning news from the Consulate General of Spain in Shanghai

Yesterday, the Consulate General of Spain in Shanghai posted a notice on thier website containing some concerning news about the invlountary hospitalisation of foreign citizens living and/or arriving in China that have been vaccinated or overcome Covid in recent months. 

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Big news for D7 disinfectant!

Decon 7 are pleased to announce that their D7 disinfectant product was recently approved by the EPA to kill SARS-CoV-2 (coronavirus) in 60 seconds.*

"As we have learned over the past year, SARS-CoV-2 can be difficult to combat because it is almost always surrounded by bodily fluids and

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Unusual Influenzas

Recently we have seen reports of cases of avian and swine influenzas showing up in humans. This of course does happen from time to time, but we presently seem to have a bit of a rash of cases. 

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Virtual Summer Workshop on Pandemics and Global Health Security

COVID-19 has exposed just how unprepared governments, corporations, and societies are for a global pandemic. While the SARS-CoV-2 virus is only the most recent threat to global health security, it will certainly not be the last. Threats to global health security continue to evolve due to the

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BARDA exercises option for supply of additional smallpox vaccine

 Bavarian Nordic A/S have announced that the U.S. Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), part of the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, has exercised the final USD 12 million option

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15 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines ruined

Oringinally published by Poynter

 The first big question the public will ask is whether any of the 15 million doses of Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine that workers ruined in a manufacturing mistake made it to vaccination lines. The New York Times, which ...

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High demand for FAI air ambulance service with Epishuttle

FAIs air ambulance division has been operating at maximum capacity to meet the high number of requests for repatriation and medevac flights. Since March FAI has performed almost 70 flights of covid-19 patients in 47 countries with the single patient isolation and transport system

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FDA approves first treatment for Ebola

On October 14 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Inmazeb (atoltivimab, maftivimab, and odesivimab-ebgn), a mixture of three monoclonal antibodies, as the first FDA-approved treatment for Zaire ebolavirus (Ebola virus) infection in adult and pediatric

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Turkmenistan to build new virology lab?

From Khronika Turkmenistana Website 14 Sep 2020

President [of Turkmenistan] Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov visited the construction site of a sanatorium in Ak Bugday District's Bagabat village on 13 September. The construction of the sanatorium for 200 beds became known in autumn

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Second case of Novel Orthopoxvirus infection reported in Alaska

A second case of a novel orthopox, first detailed in 2015, has been reported in the the Fairbanks area of Alaska. 

Named Alaskapox, due to it's region of discovery, this orthopox is not yet known to cause sever malady and both of those suffering from the infection reported cases of

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Not Your Usual Bioweapon of Choice

In December 2019 reports emerged that a Utah woman had been arrested for possesion of a biological weapon. Janie Lynn Ridd, 50, was arrested whilst the case was being investigated by both federal and state authorities. 

According to the affidavit at the time “Through

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