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As governments throughout the world develop and implement national action plans to increase their capacities to prevent, detect, and respond to health emergencies, experts at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and partners are working to develop a scientifically grounded evidence base of effective and measurable global health security interventions that can help guide future efforts.        

 

The foundation of this work is detailed in a series of articles and commentaries in a special supplement to Health Security, "Building the Evidence Base for Global Health Security Implementation," published Nov. 27. The supplement was a collaborative effort between the CDC and the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security. Full Issue
  
T oday's Headlines: December 3, 2018

Biological Agents & Infectious Diseases
 
Yemen Sterilizes Sanaa Water Supplies as Cholera Outbreak Picks Up Again (Reuters)  Authorities in the Houthi-held Yemeni capital Sanaa are sterilizing water supplies at wells, distribution networks and houses to help stem the world's worst outbreak of cholera. Go to article

 
Influenza H5/H7 Virus Vaccination in Poultry and Reduction of Zoonotic Infections, Guangdong Province, China, 2017-18  (CDC) We compared the detection frequency of avian influenza H7 subtypes at live poultry markets in Guangdong Province, China, before and after the introduction of a bivalent H5/H7 vaccine in poultry.   Go to article


Domestic Preparedness & Response
 
Alaska Residents Try to Return to Normalcy After Earthquake Rocks Region (CNN) Diane and Bill Kuhlmann were still on edge Sunday, days after riding out an earthquake in their home of 47 years. Go to article

Some Evacuation Orders Lifted for California Wildfire Area (New York Times) Authorities are lifting evacuation orders for some Northern California communities ravaged by the state's deadliest wildfire but said no traffic will be allowed into the town of Paradise, which was the most devastated community in last month's blaze. Go to article

 
Global Health & Security
 
Why the Ebola Outbreak in DRC Is So Difficult to Contain (VOX) An Ebola epidemic that experts are calling " exceptionally dangerous" is unfolding in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Go to article  

As Ebola Outbreak Spreads in Congo, Concern Grows Over Supplies of Experimental Vaccine (Stat) The Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo appears to be spreading southward from its current epicenter at Beni, raising concerns it will take root in some larger population centers, including a major regional hub, warned a senior World Health Organization official. Go to article

 
Government Affairs & National Security
 
As Ebola Outbreak Worsens, Health Experts Urge Trump Administration Action  (PBS) Global health experts are urging the Trump administration to allow U.S. government disease specialists - "some of the world's most experienced" - to return to northeastern Congo to help fight the second-largest Ebola outbreak in history. Go to article
 

Science & Technology
 
Could Anyone Have Stopped Gene-Edited Babies Experiment?  (New York Times) Early last year, a little-known Chinese researcher turned up at an elite meeting in Berkeley, California, where scientists and ethicists were discussing a technology that had shaken the field to its core - an emerging tool for "editing" genes, the strings of DNA that form the blueprint of life.  Go to article
 
Genetic Characterization of Lassa Virus Strains Isolated from 2012 to 2016 in Southeastern Nigeria  (PLOS)  Lassa virus (LASV) is endemic in parts of West Africa where it causes Lassa fever (LF), a viral hemorrhagic fever with frequent fatal outcomes.  Go to article

Cell)  Influenza viruses inhabit a wide range of host environments using a limited repertoire of protein components. Unlike viruses with stereotyped shapes, influenza produces virions with significant morphological variability even within clonal populations. Go to article


 

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