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News on Pathogens and Preparedness
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Work at the high-security government lab that handles deadly pathogens like the Ebola virus has been suspended since Monday, when it was discovered that nylon hoses used to pump air into the scientists’ protective suits had not been designed or tested for breathing safety, officials said on Friday. The hoses have been in use since 2005.

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Biodefense Headlines - Agroterrorism Vulnerabilities, Biosafety Exposures in Winnipeg

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Typhoid Fever and the American Civil War | Mercy Street Revealed

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Proliferation of Bird Flu Outbreaks Raises Risk of Human Pandemic

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The worst form of drug-resistant tuberculosis isn't just arising from inadequate treatment, it's mostly being spread from person to person, according to a new study of hundreds of cases in South Africa that has important implications for how the deadly disease is treated.

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Ebola, Zika, and a flu pandemic: a Q&A with CDC Director Tom Frieden

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How Our ‘Pathological Lives’ Boost Pandemic Flu Threat

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The Prevention and Public Health Fund, part of Obamacare, allocates $890 million to the US Centers for Disease Control to create better infrastructure for identifying disease outbreaks before they happen, and addressing them before they spread, a new report from public health advocacy group Trust for America’s Health points out. For example, the Prevention Fund dedicated $210 million to the CDC’s immunization program in 2015.

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The scientists analyzed signals that host cells use to alert the immune system to EBOV infection, and the immune system’s responses. They focused on signaling events that begin within hours of a virus infection and involve the cellular mitochondrial antiviral signaling protein (MAVS).

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Scientists don't have a decade to find a Zika vaccine. They need volunteers now.
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