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Biodefense News Headlines of the Week – October 19, 2014

Global Biodefense News HeadlinesU.S. hospitals gird for Ebola panic as flu season looms | Canada to ship Ebola vaccine to WHO | U.S. halts funding for new risky virus studies, calls for voluntary moratorium | Obama names Ebola chief; search is on for more contacts | Dallas hospital had BioFire diagnostic system military is using in Africa | US asks drug labs to plan for producing Ebola drug Zmapp | Sierra Leone revamps response team | Ebola reality check #5,467 | The myths (and realities) of synthetic bioweapons | Ebola lessons learning from ID Week 2014 | Evaluation of commercial serologic diagnostic tests for chikungunya virus | Do mosquitos spread Ebola? No. | Ebola in Texas: Take a deep breath, ya’ll | Polio eradication update | Issues continue to dog the testing of Ebola drugs and vaccines | TRANSCOM widens logistics pipeline in Ebola fight | Impact of preparedness funding cuts on local public health departments | The first 9 months of the Ebola epidemic and forward projections | Why travel bans will only make the Ebola epidemic worse | Ebola executive summary 10/17 | Consolidated EVD preparedness checklist | Enterovirus D68 linked to death of B.C. man with asthma | New device uses nano-magnets to cleanse blood when sepsis strikes | Oil and water is the right mix for better chem-bio detection

See what we’re reading this week at Global Biodefense on the U.S. response to the Ebola crisis, halting of gain-of-function biothreat research and more…

U.S. hospitals gird for Ebola panic as flu season looms (Reuters)

Canada to ship Ebola vaccine to WHO (BBC)

U.S. halts funding for new risky virus studies, calls for voluntary moratorium (Science)

Obama names Ebola chief; search is on for more contacts (CIDRAP)

Dallas hospital had BioFire diagnostic system military is using in Africa (Defense One)

US asks drug labs to plan for producing Ebola drug Zmapp (CNBC)

Sierra Leone revamps response team (BBC)

Ebola reality check #5,467 (Operational Biosurveillance)

The myths (and realities) of synthetic bioweapons (Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists)

Ebola lessons learning from ID Week 2014 (ID Week)

Evaluation of commercial serologic diagnostic tests for chikungunya virus (CDC/EID)

Do mosquitos spread Ebola? No. (NY Times)

Ebola in Texas: Take a deep breath, ya’ll (Pathogen Perspectives)

Polio eradication update (Polio Global Eradication Initiative)

Issues continue to dog the testing of Ebola drugs and vaccines (Science)

TRANSCOM widens logistics pipeline in Ebola fight (DoD News)

Impact of preparedness funding cuts on local public health departments (NACCHO)

The first 9 months of the Ebola epidemic and forward projections (NEJM)

Why travel bans will only make the Ebola epidemic worse (Vox)

Ebola executive summary 10/17 (Ebola Deeply)

Consolidated EVD preparedness checklist .pdf (WHO)

Enterovirus D68 linked to death of B.C. man with asthma (CBC)

New device uses nano-magnets to cleanse blood when sepsis strikes (Conversation)

Oil and water is the right mix for better chem-bio detection (JSTO News)

Brincidofovir as a Treatment for Ebola Virus

Chimerix Speeding Up Brincidofovir Trials for Ebola

CDC Personnel Conduct Ebola Training in W. Africa

Nigeria Stops Ebola Spread by Taking Cues from Polio Program