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Technology Exists To Recreate Infectious Viruses From Genome Sequences

New York Times: Resurrecting Smallpox? Easier Than You Think Leonard Adleman, professor of computer science and molecular biology at the University of Southern California “…It is possible that the great labs, with great scientists, the best equipment and substantial funds, could overcome the considerable challenges that exist and resurrect smallpox…

Ebola Threatens International Peace, Security, WHO, U.S. Officials Warn

News outlets highlight comments by WHO Director-General Margaret Chan and U.S. officials warning the Ebola epidemic threatens international security. Associated Press: WHO: Ebola is modern era’s worst health emergency “The World Health Organization called the Ebola outbreak ‘the most severe, acute health emergency seen in modern times’ on Monday but…

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…

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…

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…

Ebola Unlikely To Become Airborne, CDC, WHO Say

News outlets report on the public’s skepticism over the transmission of Ebola virus. Both the CDC and WHO have issued statements clarifying how the virus does and does not spread, saying the virus is unlikely to become airborne. Financial Times: Experts reject fears Ebola could become airborne “Virologists rejected suggestions…

U.S. Health Officials Move To Calm Fears Over Ebola As Epidemic Becomes Political Issue

News outlets report on U.S. health officials’ efforts to reduce fears of a widespread Ebola outbreak after a Texas hospital isolated the first Ebola patient in the country and how the Ebola epidemic is becoming a U.S. domestic political issue ahead of the November mid-term elections. Associated Press: Health officials:…

U.S.-India Partnership Must Include Engagement In Public Health

Huffington Post: Fulfilling the U.S. and India’s Extraordinary Promise Through Public Health Akash Goel, resident physician in internal medicine at New York Presbyterian/Columbia University “Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s first visit to the United States has ushered in a wave of newly found interest and enthusiasm in U.S.-India engagement. There…