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.
- High-level meeting on the Ebola outbreak in the DRC affirms support for Government-led response and UN system-wide approach
July 15, 2019
Almost a year after the outbreak of Ebola was declared in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and with the number of new cases at worrying levels, the United Nations hosted a high-level meeting today in Geneva to take stock of the coordinated response and galvanize further support for the government-led effort to defeat ...
- Norway water contamination: Patient dies and thousands unwell after E.Coli found
June 13, 2019
A patient has died and thousands of people have fallen ill after coming into contact with contaminated water. The victim was taken to hospital with gastrointestinal symptoms on the island of Askoey in southern Norway and later died. Health spokesman Erik Vigander said campylobacter was found in the patient’s system. It is the same bacteria identified in other ...
- The Western Australia Police Force trials AI cloud platform for investigation data
June 7, 2019
The Western Australia Police Force (WAPF) has partnered with Microsoft to trial a pilot cloud-based platform that is aimed toward making it easier for officers to track the digital footprints of criminals. The cloud-based platform analyses large quantities of digital information, and then applies artificial intelligence (AI) techniques to “make sense” of the information collected during investigations, ...
- Large Ebola outbreaks new normal, says WHO
June 7, 2019
The world is entering “a new phase” where big outbreaks of deadly diseases like Ebola are a “new normal”, the World Health Organization has warned. Previous Ebola outbreaks affected relatively small numbers of people. But the Democratic Republic of Congo is dealing with the second largest outbreak ever, just three years after the world’s largest one ended. The ...
- Ebola Aid Workers Working Under ‘Terrifying Conditions’ Amid Armed Attacks On Health Centres
May 15, 2019
Aid workers helping to tackle the ebola crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo are working under “terrifying” conditions amid violent attacks on health centres, the government has warned. World Health Organisation figures suggest that since the outbreak began in August 2018, 1,632 cases of the deadly disease have been confirmed in the country, while 1,048 ...