Updates

NATO Adapts NICS, a Communications Platform for First Responders

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate announced the Next-Generation Incident Command System (NICS) will be implemented in some North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) member and partner countries as part of NATO’s Science for Peace and Security Project Advanced Regional Civil Emergency Coordination Pilot.

Fifth Meeting of the Emergency Committee Under the International Health Regulations (2005) Regarding Microcephaly, Other Neurological Disorders and Zika Virus

The World Health Organization (WHO) emergency committee states that the Zika virus and related microcephaly cases no longer represent a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC). The Zika virus remains a significant enduring public health challenge and will receive high-level attention and sustained funding by WHO.

Senate Passes Ayotte Bill to Support First Responders

The Senate passed a bipartisan bill to make anthrax vaccines available to first responders. The First Responder Anthrax Preparedness Act establishes a pilot program to provide eligible anthrax vaccines from the Strategic National Stockpile that will be nearing the end of their labeled dates of use to emergency response providers.

FDA Research to Help Speed Development of Zika Virus Vaccines and Therapeutics

A new neonatal mouse model developed by scientists at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) may help in exploring the potential activity of Zika virus vaccines and therapeutics, by improving and expediting studies to understand the causes and effects (pathology) of the Zika virus.

NIH-Led Effort Examines Use of Big Data for Infectious Disease Surveillance

Big data derived from electronic health records, social media, the internet and other digital sources have the potential to provide more timely and detailed information on infectious disease threats or outbreaks than traditional surveillance methods. A team of scientists led by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) reviewed the growing body of research on the subject and published its analyses.

Advanced Radioactive Threat Detection System Completes First Large-Scale Citywide Test

A recent exercise sponsored by Defense Agency Research Project Agency (DARPA) provided the largest test yet of DARPA’s SIGMA program, which is developing networked sensors that can provide dynamic, real-time radiation detection over large urban areas.

Research on New, Rapid Screening Test Identifies Potential Therapies Against Drug-Resistant Bacteria

Researchers at the National Institutes of Health’s National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS), Clinical Center and National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) have created a new way to identify drugs and drug combinations that may potentially be useful in combating infections that are resistant to many different antibiotics.

Testing of Investigational Inactivated Zika Vaccine in Humans Begins

The first of five early stage clinical trials to test the safety and ability of an investigational Zika vaccine candidate called the Zika Purified Inactivated Virus (ZPIV) vaccine to generate an immune system response has begun at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR) Clinical Trial Center in Silver Spring, Maryland.

UN Chief Highlights Importance of Preparedness to Reduce Tsunami Risks

In his message marking the first World Tsunami Awareness Day, United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed the importance of reducing current and future levels of risk, particularly through strengthening preparedness. The UN General Assembly designated 5 November as World Tsunami Awareness Day in order to raise tsunami awareness and share innovative approaches to risk reduction.

UNMC Will Be Home to 'A National Resource'

The University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) is poised to help with America’s health security. UNMC and Nebraska medicine leaders celebrate the recent $19.8 million award from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to develop the National Center for Health Security and Biopreparedness.