Updates

Yellow Fever in the Americas-Current Outbreak Warrants Close Watch

The unusually large outbreak of yellow fever now occurring in rural Brazil deserves careful attention by world health authorities. “In light of the serious nature of this historically devastating disease, public health awareness and preparedness, even for individual cases, is critical,” said Dr. Anthony S. Fauci and Dr. Catherine Paules of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

USDA Issues Update on Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza in Tennessee

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Veterinary Services Laboratories has confirmed the full subtype for the highly pathogenic H7 avian influenza reported in Lincoln County, Tennessee. USDA continues to work with the Tennessee Department of Agriculture on the joint incident response. An epidemiological investigation is underway to determine the source of the infection.

It's a Blast: Imaging High Explosive Detonators

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists and collaborators at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) for the first time have taken 3D snapshots of operating high explosive detonators. The research is important for assessing aging margins, safety and performance, and in developing new and improved detonation designs.

WHO Stresses Urgent Need for R&D for Drug-Resistant TB Alongside Newly-Prioritized Antibiotic-Resistant Pathogens

The World Health Organization (WHO) reaffirms the critical need for research and development (R&D) of new antibiotics to tackle the threat of drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB), as well as other antibiotic-resistant pathogens that have recently been prioritized as posing great risk to human health.

Open Science Prize Announces Epidemic Tracking Tool as Grand Prize Winner

A prototype online platform that uses real-time visualization and viral genome data to track the spread of global pathogens such as Zika and Ebola is the grand-prize winner of the Open Science Prize. The winning team created its prototype to pool data from researchers across the globe, perform rapid phylogenetic analysis, and post the results on the platform’s website.

WHO Publishes List of Bacteria for Which New Antibiotics Are Urgently Needed

The World Health Organization (WHO) published its list of antibiotic-resistant “priority pathogens” – a catalogue of 12 families of bacteria that pose the greatest threat to human health. The list was created in a bid to guide and promote research and development of new antibiotics, as part of WHO’s efforts to address growing global resistance to antimicrobial medicines.

USDA Invests $103 Million to Protect Lives, Property After Natural Disasters

Acting Deputy Agriculture Secretary Michael Young announced U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing up to $103 million in fiscal year 2017 for disaster recovery efforts to help state, local and tribal units of government protect lives and property in disaster-affected areas following natural disasters.

NIH Begins Study of Vaccine to Protect Against Mosquito-Borne Diseases

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health, has launched a Phase 1 clinical trial to test an investigational vaccine intended to provide broad protection against a range of mosquito-transmitted diseases, such as Zika, malaria, West Nile fever and dengue fever, and to hinder the ability of mosquitoes to transmit such infections.

IBM and The Weather Company Unveil World’s First Mobile Weather Alerting Platform for Underserved Populations in Emerging Markets

IBM and The Weather Company introduced new Mesh Network Alerts technology that provides a mobile method of communicating with underserved populations in developing countries to notify of potential severe weather events or disasters – even in areas with limited Internet connection or when cellular networks are disrupted due to an outage.

DHS S&T Awards Nearly $1M to Five Start-Ups for Phase 2 R&D

The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate (DHS S&T) announced a total of $999,780 in awards to five companies advancing to Phase 2 of the Silicon Valley Innovation Program (SVIP). The awards are aimed at nontraditional performers to offer solutions to some of the toughest threats facing DHS and the homeland security mission.