Today's Headlines: June 12, 2019
Biological Agents & Infectious Diseases
Confirmation of Case of Ebola Virus Disease in Uganda ( WHO ) he Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization have confirmed a case of Ebola Virus Disease in Uganda. Although there have been numerous previous alerts, this is the first confirmed case in Uganda during the Ebola outbreak on-going in neighbouring Democratic Republic of the Congo. Go to article
Uganda Confirms First Ebola Case Linked to DRC Outbreak ( CIDRAP ) A 5-year-old boy in Uganda has been diagnosed as having Ebola, the first case of the deadly disease in that country or any other nation linked to an ongoing outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Go to article
Two more Ebola Cases Confirmed in Uganda ( BBC ) The World Health Organization and Uganda’s Ministry of Health have confirmed two more cases of Ebola in Uganda after the virus claimed the life of a five-year-old boy. Go to article
African Swine Fever Reaches Saigon ( VN Express International ) The incurable pig disease was detected at a farm in the outlying District 9, HCMC Department of Agriculture and Rural Development announced Tuesday. Nguyen Phuoc Trung, the department’s director, said the farm's owner fed the pigs with leftover food at restaurants, suggesting that could be a cause of the infection. Go to article
China Reports New African Swine Fever Outbreak in Guizhou Province ( Reuters ) China’s southern province of Guizhou has confirmed a new outbreak of African swine fever in Duyun city, said the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs in a statement on Tuesday. Go to article
Global Health Security
Canada Presents Joint Action Plan on African Swine Fever at G7 and OIE Meetings - Statement from Canada's Chief Veterinary Officer ( CISION ) Canada's Chief Veterinary Officer, Dr. Jaspinder Komal of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, issued the following statement regarding Canada's participation at the G7 Chief Veterinary Officers' meeting and the 87th General Session of the World Organisation for Animal Health in Paris, France, from May 24 to 31: ''At the G7 CVO meeting I presented a framework outlining actions to prevent the entry and mitigate the impacts of African swine fever in the Americas. The framework was developed in collaboration with international partners, provinces, US and Canadian industry, and validated at the ASF Forum held in Ottawa from April 30 to May 1, 2019. At the G7 CVO meeting, Canada was recognized for its global leadership in convening the Forum and in spearheading the development of a strategic approach to ASF. Go to article
Government Affairs & National Security
US Should Champion Proposal for World Bank to Allocate More Funding to Disease Outbreak Preparedness ( Fox News via KFF ) Drs. Thomas Frieden, Margaret Hamburg: There’s a limited window to make America safer from epidemics. Tom Frieden and Margaret Hamburg, members of the CSIS Commission on Strengthening America’s Health Security. Go to article
Medicine & Public Health
Large Study Affirms Inhaled Flu Vaccine Safety in Kids with Asthma ( CIDRAP ) A large study to assess if a new guideline recommending live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV, or FluMist) for children over age 2 years with asthma found no increase in lower respiratory events following vaccination. A research team from HealthPartners, a Minnesota-based healthcare and insurance provider, published its findings yesterday in Vaccine . Go to article

Science & Technology
Act Now on CRISPR Babies ( Nature ) A researcher steps forward and says he has plans to edit the genes of babies. He wants to alter a gene called CCR5 to protect children from HIV. He seems to have the skills, tools and position to do so — and he starts to tell other scientists about his plans. Go to article
Type A Blood Converted to Universal Donor Blood with Help from Bacterial Enzymes ( Science ) On any given day, hospitals across the United States burn through some 16,500 liters (35,000 pints) of donated blood for emergency surgeries, scheduled operations, and routine transfusions. But recipients can’t take just any blood: For a transfusion to be successful, the patient and donor blood types must be compatible. Go to article
As Calls Mount to Ban Embryo Editing with CRISPR, Families Hit by Inherited Diseases Say, Not So Fast ( STAT ) Neena Nizar’s earliest memory is of her father tying her to an ironing board. His beloved toddler, who seemed fine when she was born, had something very, very wrong with her: Neena’s bones bent and curved and she wasn’t growing normally, so his engineer’s mind desperately seized on the ironing-board solution. Go to article
Genetics Influence How Protective Childhood Vaccines are for Individual Infants ( EurekAlert! ) A genome-wide search in thousands of children in the UK and Netherlands has revealed genetic variants associated with differing levels of protective antibodies produced after routine childhood immunizations. The findings, appearing June 11 in the journal Cell Reports, may inform the development of new vaccine strategies and could lead to personalized vaccination schedules to maximize vaccine effectiveness. Go to article
MappBio Announces Contract with BARDA for MBP091 as a pan-Marburg Medical Countermeasure ( Yahoo! Finance ) Mapp Biopharmaceutical, Inc., announced today that it has been awarded an advanced research and development contract for $16.5 million with options for an additional $30.0 million by the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, part of the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response at the US Department of Health and Human Services to advance MBP091 though the completion of a Phase 1 clinical trial. Go to article
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