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Smallpox, Anthrax Biosafety Scares Are Troubling

Foreign Policy: It’s 10 o’Clock — Do You Know Where Your Bubonic Plague Is? Laurie Garrett, journalist and senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations “The revelation that smallpox vials have gone unnoticed inside the NIH for more than half a century is gobsmacking. … [I]t…

CDC Global Health Security Projects In Uganda, Vietnam Boost Disease Response

Three news outlets report on findings published in the CDC’s journal, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, regarding global health security projects in Uganda and Vietnam. CBS News: CDC: Other countries’ health threats can affect U.S. “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned that just because there’s a disease outbreak…

Researcher Examines How Mathematical Models Can Help Responses To Disease Outbreaks, Food Aid

Financial Times: Mathematical models and national security The newspaper interviews Lawrence Wein, a professor of management science at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business who teaches courses on operations, mathematical analysis, and inventory and queuing theory. “…Such theories form the backbone of business operations for companies like McDonald’s, so that…

Global Health Security Agenda Will Help ‘Protect The Health And Safety’ Of Citizens

The Lancet: Safer countries through global health security Thomas Frieden, CDC director, et al. “…One of the primary responsibilities of any government is to protect the health and safety of its people. There are three key elements of health security: prevention wherever possible, early detection, and timely and effective response.…

Videos Feature Experts Discussing Global Health Security Agenda

The Center for Strategic & International Studies’ “Smart Global Health” blog features two videos discussing the recently launched Global Health Security Agenda. In one, Kavita Berger, associate director at the Center for Science, Technology, and Security Policy at the American Association for the Advancement of Science, “explains how the science…

White House Announces Enhanced Ebola Screening At Five U.S. Airports

News outlets report on the White House announcement that increased screening for Ebola will be put in place at five major U.S. airports for those arriving from the West African countries hardest hit by the virus. The Hill: WH: Ebola screening will reach 94 percent arriving in U.S. from West…

Kerry Calls On International Community To ‘Step Up’ Ebola Efforts

News outlets report on U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s calls for increased international efforts to contain Ebola made Wednesday during a press conference. Agence France-Presse: Kerry urges all nations to boost Ebola fight “U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry issued an ‘urgent plea’ Wednesday to all nations to step…

U.K. To Start Enhanced Screening For Air, Rail Passengers From Ebola-Affected Nations

News outlets report on the U.K.’s decision to conduct enhanced screenings of airline and railway passengers arriving from Ebola-stricken countries at Heathrow, Gatwick, and Eurostar terminals. BBC News: U.K. Ebola screening for arrivals from affected areas (10/9). BBC News: U.K. government defends Ebola screening decision (10/10). Financial Times: Heathrow and…

Pakistan Official Warns Foreign Aid Groups They Face Scrutiny, Possible Expulsion

New York Times: Pakistan Warns Aid Groups to Follow Unspecified Rules “After the police shut down the offices of a major Western aid group, Pakistan’s interior minister warned Friday that other foreign organizations operating in Pakistan faced greater scrutiny and the possibility of expulsion if they failed to adhere to…

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