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Biodefense Headlines – Mar 22, 2015

Liberia reports first Ebola case in weeks | Review panel finds CDC weak on lab safety | Tom Ridge: Government is ‘delusional’ in overlooking biological and chemical defense | FDA panel to discuss Ebola vaccine development in May | Patterns of emergency department use after a disaster | Preparing for Ebola but stopping Lassa Fever | Adverse birth outcomes in women exposed to Syrian chemical attack | Sweden says detects bird flu virus in dead swans | Improving CBRN forensics can stop war crimes | Vietnam reports outbreak of H5N6 bird flu virus: OIE | New compound quickly disables chemical weapons | Documents shed new light on WHO’s slow Ebola response | Spike in Ebola in Guinea could reflect access to hidden patients | DHS helping communities assess, prepare for chemical attacks, says official | The myth of biological weapons as the poor man’s atomic bomb | Emergent announces human trial for boosted Ebola vaccine | Safety experts slam lax safety practices at CDC labs | WHO urges mass vaccination against measles, other diseases in Ebola areas | Take it easy on S&T – Cancelled biodetection program isn’t a big deal | ECBC played key role in system used to transport Americans with Ebola | 3 ways mobile helped stop the spread of Ebola in Nigeria | New project to improve preparedness for zoonotic diseases | Gunmen kill health workers from Pakistan polio drive

See what we’re reading this week at Global Biodefense on topics such as biological and chemical defense funding; vaccination gaps in Ebola-stricken areas; improving CBRN forensics, and more…

Liberia reports first Ebola case in weeks (NY Times)

Review panel finds CDC weak on lab safety (CIDRAP)

Tom Ridge: Government is ‘delusional’ in overlooking biological and chemical defense (EM)

FDA panel to discuss Ebola vaccine development in May (Reuters)

Patterns of emergency department use after a disaster (Clinicians’ Biosecurity News)

Preparing for Ebola but stopping Lassa Fever (NY Times)

Adverse birth outcomes in women exposed to Syrian chemical attack (The Lancet)

Sweden says detects bird flu virus in dead swans (Reuters)

Improving CBRN forensics can stop war crimes (Cicero Magazine)

Vietnam reports outbreak of H5N6 bird flu virus: OIE (Reuters)

New compound quickly disables chemical weapons (Science)

Documents shed new light on WHO’s slow Ebola response (CIDRAP)

Spike in Ebola in Guinea could reflect access to hidden patients (Reuters)

The myth of biological weapons as the poor man’s atomic bomb (BOTAS)

Emergent announces human trial for boosted Ebola vaccine (CIDRAP)

Safety experts slam lax safety practices at CDC labs (USA Today)

WHO urges mass vaccination against measles, other diseases in Ebola areas (Reuters)

Take it easy on S&T – Cancelled biodetection program isn’t a big deal (Security Debrief)

ECBC played key role in system used to transport Americans with Ebola (ECBC)

3 ways mobile helped stop the spread of Ebola in Nigeria (Brookings)

Gunmen kill health workers from Pakistan polio drive (NY Times)

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