The Association for State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and 20 development partners, this week announced the release of the National Health Security Preparedness Index (NHSPI), a new way to measure and advance the nation’s readiness to protect people during a disaster. The Index results will be updated annually. Continue reading
The avian H7N9 influenza virus that emerged earlier this year in China is poorly adapted for sustained transmission between humans, suggesting that the current form of the virus is unlikely to cause a pandemic, according to a new study published this week in Science.
As of November 6, 139 confirmed human cases of avian H7N9 influenza, including Continue reading
The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) is interested in developing biomarkers to rapidly assess an individual’s potential involvement in chemical or biological weapons (CBW) related activities.
The Bio-Intelligence Chips Program (BIC) intends to develop new analytical approaches to assessment based on cross-correlating multiple biomarkers Continue reading
Microscopy, being relatively easy to perform at low cost, is the universal diagnostic method for detection of most globally important parasitic infections. Methods developed in well-equipped laboratories are, however, difficult to maintain at the basic levels of the health care system due to lack of adequately trained personnel and resources.
Researchers at the Institute Continue reading
A new study published in the scientific journal PLOS Pathogens demonstrates that mice lacking a protein called Tmprss2 are no longer affected by certain flu viruses. The discovery was made by researchers from the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research (HZI) in Braunschweig in collaboration with colleagues from Göttingen and Seattle.
Whether it is H1N1, H5N1 Continue reading
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital scientists have evidence that descendants of the H2N2 avian influenza A virus that killed millions worldwide in the 1950s still pose a threat to human health, particularly to those under 50. The research has been published in an advance online edition of the Journal of Virology. Continue reading
The Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) has awarded a multiple award contract (MAC) Indefinite Delivery / Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) with a ceiling value of $4 billion for all contracts, including options entitled “Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction Research and Technology Development IDIQ”. Continue reading
Scientists were able to reliably predict the timing of the 2012-2013 influenza season up to nine weeks in advance of its peak, in the first large-scale demonstration of a flu forecasting system by scientists at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health was carried out in 108 cities across the United States.
Results are recently published online in the journal Nature Communications. Continue reading