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Biodefense Headlines of the Week – August 30, 2015

Global Biodefense NewsFDA wants food companies to hand over their pathogens | Next generation biocontainment system unveiled at Dobbins | Vaccines weren’t ready for Ebola. We can do better | U.S. vaccination rates high, but pockets of unvaccinated pose risk | Army institute moves away from vaccines, toward drug development | Modeling critical care regionalization | Is a universal influenza vaccine on the horizon? | Chronic Chickunguyna symptoms have large public health impact | African wildlife harbors resistance to first-line antibiotics | New book details safety, security methods for biosciences sites | Dried blood spot for Ebola testing in developing countries | Study in bats, rodents offers insights on cross-species virus spread | Elderly Utah resident dies from plague: health officials | ECDC rapid risk assessment on Chickunguyna case in Spain | Antimicrobial stewardship and public knowledge of antibiotics | Case report: Probable murine typhus at Joint Base San Antonio | Mobility airmen recover radiological material from Mexico | Syria: MSF treats patients with symptoms of exposure to chemical agents |28 years of poliovirus replication in an immunodeficient individual | Sierra Leone celebrates milestone on road to ending Ebola | Legionnaires’ disease prompts California prison to shut off water

See what we’re reading this week at Global Biodefense on topics including biocontainment systems, universal flu vaccine, and Legionnaires’ disease.

FDA wants food companies to hand over their pathogens (Reuters)

Next generation biocontainment system unveiled at Dobbins (USAF)

Vaccines weren’t ready for Ebola. We can do better (Wired)

U.S. vaccination rates high, but pockets of unvaccinated pose risk (Reuters)

Army institute moves away from vaccines, toward drug development (Military.com)

Modeling critical care regionalization (Clinicians’ Biosecurity News)

Is a universal influenza vaccine on the horizon? (Science)

Chronic Chickunguyna symptoms have large public health impact (ASM)

African wildlife harbors resistance to first-line antibiotics (Science)

New book details safety, security methods for biosciences sites (HSNW)

Dried blood spot for Ebola testing in developing countries (The Lancet)

Study in bats, rodents offers insights on cross-species virus spread (MNT)

Elderly Utah resident dies from plague: health officials (Reuters)

ECDC rapid risk assessment on Chickunguyna case in Spain (ECDC)

Antimicrobial stewardship and public knowledge of antibiotics (The Lancet)

Case report: Probable murine typhus at Joint Base San Antonio (AFHSC)

Mobility airmen recover radiological material from Mexico (Military.com)

Syria: MSF treats patients with symptoms of exposure to chemical agents (MSF)

28 years of poliovirus replication in an immunodeficient individual (PLOS)

Sierra Leone celebrates milestone on road to ending Ebola (WHO)

Legionnaires’ disease prompts California prison to shut off water (Reuters)

Notable Biodefense Contracts

NIAID Exercises Option on Soligenix Radiation Countermeasure

Physician Diagnosis of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)

Physicians May Overestimate Ability to Assess Risk of Ebola