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.
- Spain issues international alert after country’s biggest ever listeria outbreak
August 21, 2019
Spain has issued an international alert after the number affected by the country’s biggest ever listeria outbreak rose to 150. A 90-year-old woman has been killed by the infection as the health ministry said it was checking another 523 suspected cases of listeriosis. The spread has sparked fears in Spain, which is visited by around 80 million ...
- New Ebola cases in DR Congo spark panic and border closures
August 1, 2019
The wife and daughter of a man who died from Ebola last week have been diagnosed with the disease, causing panic among DR Congo officials. It marks the first transmission of the disease in the city of Goma on the Rwandan border – something health experts have long feared. They have begun the long work of vaccinating anyone ...
- DRC Ebola epidemic is international emergency, says WHO
July 17, 2019
The Ebola epidemic in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is a public health emergency of international concern, the World Health Organization has declared, calling for more funds and support to close it down. The second biggest Ebola outbreak ever, after the 2014-16 epidemic in west Africa, has reached a critical point with the diagnosis of a case in Goma, a ...
- Russia ready to start shipping revolutionary Ebola vaccine to DR Congo
July 16, 2019
A groundbreaking vaccine developed at the Novosibirsk-based VECTOR State Research Center of Virology and Biotechnology is likely to be shipped to the Democratic Republic of the Congo where an ongoing Ebola outbreak has already claimed 1,700 lives, VECTOR Director General Rinat Maksyutov told TASS, adding that talks were underway. “The issue [of the vaccine’s deliveries to ...
- Ebola in DR Congo: Case confirmed in Goma
July 15, 2019
The Democratic Republic of Congo has confirmed the first case of Ebola in the eastern city of Goma, a major transport hub. The World Health Organization (WHO) said the case could be a “game-changer” given the city’s population of more than two million. But the WHO expressed confidence in plans to deal with the diagnosis. DR Congo’s health ...