Monitoring USG action on readiness and response
Preparedness Pulsepoints | Monitoring USG action on readiness and response
Published by the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security
Diane Meyer, RN, MPH, Editor

The first annual Global Forum on Scientific Advances Important to the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention, hosted by the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, will address rapidly emerging advancements in biology and biotechnology and their impact on bioweapons nonproliferation policy.  Read More
October 30, 2018
Public Health & Healthcare Preparedness
RESEARCH
Update on Vaccine-Derived Polioviruses - Worldwide, January 2017-June 2018. Since the Global Polio Eradication Initiative was launched in 1988, the number of polio cases worldwide has declined by >99.99%. Among the three wild poliovirus (WPV) serotypes, only type 1 (WPV1) has been detected since 2012.  (MMWR, 10/26/18)
RESEARCH
Update: Influenza Activity - United States and Worldwide, May 20-October 13, 2018. During May 20-October 13, 2018, low levels of influenza activity were reported in the United States, with a mix of influenza A and B viruses circulating. Seasonal influenza activity in the Southern Hemisphere was low overall, with influenza A(H1N1)pdm09 predominating in many regions.  (MMWR, 10/26/18)
PRESS RELEASE
FDA Approves New Drug to Treat Influenza. The US Food and Drug Administration has approved Xofluza (baloxavir marboxil) for the treatment of acute uncomplicated influenza (flu) in patients 12 years of age and older who have been symptomatic for no more than 48 hours.  (FDA, 10/24/18)
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USDA Research Progress Towards Global Food Security. Most of us living in the United States are fortunate enough not to wonder where our next meal will come from. Yet across the globe, at least some time during the year, nearly 800 million people do.  (USDA, 10/23/18)
NEWS
Acute Flaccid Myelitis in US Children. Parents may be hearing about children in the United States who suddenly became weak in their arms or legs from a condition called acute flaccid myelitis, or AFM. This condition is not new, but the increase in cases we saw starting in 2014 is new.  (CDC, 10/22/18)
RESEARCH
Aerosol Prime-Boost Vaccination Provides Strong Protection in Outbred Rabbits Against Virulent Type A Francisella Tularensis. Tularemia, also known as rabbit fever, is a severe zoonotic disease in humans caused by the gram-negative bacterium Francisella tularensis (Ft). While there have been a number of attempts to develop a vaccine for Ft, few candidates have advanced beyond experiments in inbred mice.  (PLOS One, 10/22/18)
NEWS
SIGA Technologies Partners with US Army to Study Prophylactic Use of Smallpox Drug. SIGA Technologies announced this month that it has entered into an agreement with the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases to study the post-exposure prophylactic use of TPOXX, a drug currently stockpiled by the U.S. government to treat smallpox outbreaks.  (Homeland Preparedness News, 10/19/18)
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Thirty Years of a Unique Partnership to End Polio-GPEI. In 1988, CDC joined three other partners (World Health Organization, United Nation International Children Fund and Rotary International to launch the ambitious Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI). The world was a dangerous place with respect to polio.  (CDC, 10/19/18)
RESEARCH
West Nile Virus and Other Nationally Notifiable Arboviral Diseases - United States, 2017. Arthropodborne viruses (arboviruses) are transmitted to humans primarily through the bites of infected mosquitoes or ticks. West Nile virus (WNV) is the leading cause of domestically acquired arboviral disease in the continental United States.  (MMWR, 10/19/18)
REPORT
US Health Security National Action Plan: Strengthening Implementation of the International Health Regulations. On October 18, 2018, the US Government released the US Health Security National Action Plan: Strengthening Implementation of the International Health Regulations based on the 2016 Joint External Evaluation, containing hundreds of cross-sectoral activities to make our country better prepared to prevent, detect, and respond to public health emergencies.  (HHS, 10/18/18)
Homeland Security & Disaster Preparedness
NEWS
Johnson, Capito Urge House to Reform and Reauthorize Program to Protect and Secure Chemical Facilities from Terrorist Attacks. US Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), chairman of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, and Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), chairman of the Committee on Appropriations' homeland security subcommittee, sent a letter to the House Committee on Homeland Security and the House Committee on Energy and Commerce on Tuesday, urging them to continue work to pass legislation that reforms and reauthorizes the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) program before the end of the 115th Congress.  (US Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, 10/23/18)
RESEARCH
Contingency Medical Countermeasures for Mass Nerve-Agent Exposure: Use of Pharmaceutical Alternatives to Community Stockpiled Antidotes. Having sufficient medical countermeasures available for the treatment of acetylcholinesterase-inhibiting nerve agent poisoned patients following a mass chemical exposure is a challenge for communities. After stockpiles containing auto-injectors are exhausted, communities need to be aware of alternative pharmaceutical options.  (Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness, 10/15/18)
Radiological & Nuclear Disaster Preparedness
NEWS
NNSA Awards New Cooperative Agreements to Advance Nuclear Stockpile Science. The US Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) has designated four new Centers of Excellence at universities across the nation as part of the Stewardship Science Academic Alliances (SSAA) Program. ( Energy.gov, 10/15/18)
Science & Technology Policy
NEWS
NIST Awards Funds for Cloud-Based Tool Connecting Private-Sector Investment and Federal Innovation. The US Department of Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and National Technical Information Service (NTIS) have signed an agreement to create a partnership to better connect entrepreneurs, industry and investors with inventions created as a result of federally funded research and development.  (NIST, 10/24/18)
PRESS RELEASE
Amazon Web Services Joins NIH's STRIDES Initiative to Harness Latest Cloud Technologies for Biomedical Researchers. Launched in July 2018, the STRIDES Initiative aims to harness the power of commercial cloud computing for NIH biomedical researchers. Initially, NIH's efforts will focus on making high-value data sets more accessible to researchers and experimenting with new ways to optimize technology-intensive research.  (NIH, 10/23/18)
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