Epidemics, pandemics, bioterrorism throughout history suggest that such events can cause global catastrophe and pose a credible threat to humankind. Despite extensive existing efforts biothreat remains a large challenge and the existing portfolio of work often overlooks the risks, and often does not focus on the mechanisms leading to such disasters.
The risk landscape, the impact, and how nations should react and deal with biological threat is under evaluated, and it is certainly one of the most important challenges facing humankind – the work to reduce this threat is highly valuable.
BioThreat Report make a useful information resource coming from a range of sources across government, industry and academia, and designed to support the nations in their preparedness, protection and prevention from the existing and emerging threats.
- European Food Safety Authority (EFSA): Coronavirus: no evidence that food is a source or transmission route
March 9, 2020
EFSA’s chief scientist, Marta Hugas, said: “Experiences from previous outbreaks of related coronaviruses, such as severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV) and Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV), show that transmission through food consumption did not occur. At the moment, there is no evidence to suggest that coronavirus is any different in this respect.” The European ...
- Hackers Cashing In On Healthcare Industry Security Weaknesses
February 26, 2020
Cybercriminals are pushing boundaries in looking for new ways to cash in on the healthcare space – whether it is persuading desperate patients to download health information apps that actually infect their devices with malware, attacking hospitals with ransomware attacks or even selling patients fraudulent insurance or medicine on illicit online markets. The healthcare industry is ...
- 14% of Recovered Covid-19 Patients in Guangdong Tested Positive Again
February 26, 2020
About 14% of patients who recovered from the novel coronavirus and were discharged from hospitals in southern China’s Guangdong province were tested positive again in later check-ups, according to the local health authority. A positive test suggests the recovered patients may still carry the virus, adding complexity to efforts to control the outbreak. There is no ...
- New developments suggest coronavirus incubation could be longer than 14 days, as global infections rise
February 23, 2020
There are some indications that the incubation period for the coronavirus could be longer than 14 days, with patients testing positive after much longer quarantine periods, researchers said. The rush to understand the virus came as infections rose in South Korea, Japan, Iran and Italy. The head of the World Health Organization warned that the window ...
- UK calls virus “serious” health threat; will detain people
February 10, 2020
Britain has declared the new coronavirus that emerged from China a “serious and imminent threat to public health″ and announced new measures Monday to combat the spread of the disease. The U.K. Department of Health and Social Care said people with the virus can now be forcibly quarantined and will not be free to leave. It ...