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Today's Headlines: June 19, 2017
Biological Agents & Infectious Diseases

Ebola Vaccine Developed in Canada Shows Promising Results ( EurekAlert) A phase 1 randomized controlled trial has found an Ebola virus disease vaccine, developed in Canada, was well-tolerated with no safety concerns, and high antibodies were present in participants 6 months after immunization. The study, led by Canadian researchers, is published in Canadian Medical Association Journal. Go to article

4 MERS Cases Over Weekend, 2 Cluster Related ( Avian Flu Diary) Over the Friday-Saturday-Sunday reporting period the Saudi MOH has announced just 4 MERS cases, a considerable reduction over the past couple of weeks, and of those, only 2 belong to the Riyadh cluster. Go to article

Legionnaires' Outbreak on Upper East Side Kills One and Sickens Six ( New York Times) One person is dead and 6 other people have been sickened in an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, the city health department announced on Friday. Go to article

Domestic Preparedness & Response

Building Communication Capacity to Counter Infectious Disease Threats: Proceedings of a Workshop ( National Academies) Building communication capacity is a critical piece of preparing for, detecting, and responding to infectious disease threats. Various organizations, including CDC and WHO, have provided guidance on developing frameworks, standards, protocols, and conceptual approaches to communicating critical information during infectious disease outbreaks.  Go to article

Government Affairs & National Security

HHS Unveils Updated Pandemic Flu Plan ( CIDRAP) HHS yesterday released a major update to its pandemic influenza plan, designed to guide preparedness activities over the next decade. Go to article

Global Health Security

China Bans More Synthetic Opioids Blamed for US Drug Deaths ( STAT News) China said Monday it would ban a designer drug called U-47700 and 3 others, following US pressure to do more to control synthetic opioids blamed for fast-rising overdose deaths in the US. Go to article

World Refugee Day: WHO Training Enables Syrian Doctors and Nurses to Provide Health Care in Turkey ( WHO) "We and the Turkish doctors are working like brothers and sisters." These are the words of Muhammed Attab, 1 of more than 3 million Syrian refugees now living in Turkey--the country with the highest number of refugees in the world. Go to article

Medicine & Public Health

On the Origin and Timing of Zika Virus Introduction in Brazil ( Cambridge University Press) The timing and origin of ZIKV introduction in Brazil has been the subject of controversy. Initially, it was assumed that the virus was introduced during the FIFA World Cup in June-July 2014. Then, it was speculated that ZIKV may have been introduced by athletes from French Polynesia who competed in a canoe race in Rio de Janeiro in August 2014. Go to article

Science & Technology

Scientists Solve 30-Year Old Mystery on How Resistance Genes Spread ( EurekAlert) Scientists have revealed that certain disease-causing bacteria get their resistance genes in a complex process involving bacterial 'sex'; this can potentially lead to a more targeted effort in preventing the spread of antibiotic resistance. Go to article

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