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 drug regulators approve world’s first Ebola vaccine after its ‘success’ in Democratic Republic of Congo
October 18, 2019
An Ebola vaccine has been approved by European drugs regulators in a move hailed as a ‘triumph for public health’. The so-called Merck vaccine was given the green light this afternoon and is likely to get a full marketing licence from the European Commission within a few weeks. It is already being used under emergency guidelines to try to halt the ...
- Ebola fears in Sweden as patient suspected of having deadly virus rushed to hospital in Malmo
October 8, 2019
An outbreak alert was sparked when a patient was rushed to Skane University Hospital in Lund, near Malmo, with worrying symptoms linked to the deadly virus. “There are confirmed cases of Ebola in the area where the person has been staying,” said Maria Josephsson, director of operations at the infection clinic, without giving further details. “The reason the suspicion arose ...
- Outbreak of a flu-like illness could circulate the world in 36 hours and kill 80million people – report
September 8, 2019
A flu-like illness could travel around the world in 36 hours and kill 80million people, experts have warned. A century ago the Spanish flu pandemic infected a third of the world’s population and killed 50million people. If a similar outbreak were to happen with today’s constantly-travelling population, the effects could be even worse, a report has suggested. The ...
- Mysterious disease killing dogs in Norway
September 7, 2019
Norwegian authorities haven’t been able to detect the cause behind an unexplained disease that is estimated to have killed dozens of dogs in the country in recent days, officials said Saturday. The Norwegian Food Safety Authority said that it had been informed of another six cases of dogs falling ill, with two them already dead, all ...
- Ebola outbreak: 2,000 die in Democratic Republic of the Congo
August 30, 2019
The number of people who have died from Ebola during a year-long outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has now climbed above 2,000. The figure was 2,006 on 28 August, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). The number of confirmed and probable cases has passed 3,000. The WHO said the DRC has been ...