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Biodefense Headlines of the Week – October 11, 2015

Biodefense Headlines of the Week - MRSASee what we’re reading this week at Global Biodefense on topics including the flu antiviral controversy, status of Ebola vaccines, the future of MERS-CoV, and more…

Ebola vaccines line up while industry calls for change (The Lancet)

MERS—an uncertain future (The Lancet)

Deadly pig virus may have sneaked into us on reusable bags (National Geographic)

Make vaccine coverage a key UN health indicator (Nature)

Ebola nurse Pauline Cafferkey ‘in serious condition’ (BBC News)

Bacteria in ancient flea may be ancestor of the Black Death (MNT)

Humans are worse than radiation for Chernobyl animals, study finds (Science)

J&J announces start of clinical trial of Ebola vaccine regimen in Sierra Leone (PR Newswire)

Battelle to continue managing NBACC (Frederick News Post)

A test to detect all known viruses in your body, even at low levels (NextGov)

Seasonal influenza vaccine & total doses distributed (CDC)

Flu drug given out “indiscriminately” (BBC News)

Countries at heart of Ebola outbreak see first virus-free week (Reuters)

Work on parasite diseases earns Nobel Prize for medicine (NPR)

DARPA working on tech that could help bodies heal themselves (NextGov)

Scientists call for urgent trials to judge flu drugs for pandemics (Reuters)

Ebola more complicated than many doctors realized (USA Today)

Using social media for actionable disease surveillance and outbreak management (PLOS One)

The effect of malaria control on Plasmodium falciparum in Africa 2000-2015 (Nature)

WHO welcomes Nobel Prize for discoveries of drugs against tropical diseases (WHO)

Rapidly assessing the next influenza pandemic (MNT)

USGS ‘Eggcelling’ with Bird Flu Research Strategy (HSDL)

Compromised live cell therapy results in outbreak of Q fever (Healio)

Ebola Vaccine Development

Bavarian Nordic Announces Start of EBOVAC-Salone Trial for Ebola Vaccine

Cholera Bacteria and Countermeasures Research

WHO Working Group on Oral Cholera Vaccines