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.
- Mosquito sterilization offers new opportunity to control chikungunya, dengue, and Zika
November 14, 2019
A technique that sterilizes male mosquitoes using radiation will soon be tested as part of global health efforts to control diseases such as chikungunya, dengue, and Zika. The Sterile Insect Technique (SIT) is a form of insect birth control. The process involves rearing large quantities of sterilized male mosquitoes in dedicated facilities, and then releasing them to ...
- CDC report: 35,000 Americans die of antibiotic-resistant infections each year
November 13, 2019
An estimated 35,000 Americans die of antibiotic-resistant infections each year — one every 15 minutes — according to a stark new report from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention that reveals that the problem is substantially greater than previously estimated. The new report, the first update of a landmark 2013 publication that estimated the scope of ...
- Ebola vaccine approved as second jab trialled
November 13, 2019
A second Ebola vaccine is to be offered to around 50,000 people in the Democratic Republic of Congo, as part of a major clinical trial. The Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccine will be used alongside a vaccine made by Merck, which has already been given to around 250,000 people. Merck’s jab has now been approved by the ...
- Salmonella outbreak tied to pig-ear dog treats appears over after sickening 154 people
October 30, 2019
A multi-state salmonella outbreak tied to pig-ear dog treats that sickened 154 people appears to be over, according to government health officials. Both the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration have dropped their warnings against purchasing the treats, other than those previously recalled. Those stricken in the outbreak lived ...
- Ebola outbreaks: UCL-developed model may predict next one
October 27, 2019
The next Ebola outbreak could be predicted using a new UCL-developed model that tracks how changes to ecosystems and human societies combine to affect the spread of the deadly infectious disease. The model could help policymakers to decide where to target vaccine deployment, or develop healthcare infrastructure, to reduce the risk of zoonotic disease outbreaks – ...