Health Security Digest

  • Outbreak news

    MERS experts team being established for rapid deployment

    26 October 2018

    26 OCT - This week, 60 high-level public health and MERS practitioners, researchers, and experts met in Abu Dhabi to establish a pool of experts that can be deployed rapidly during any future outbreaks, as well as share and discuss the latest evidence, best practices, and lessons learned on MERS.

  • Journal of Infectious Diseases

    Outbreak investigation of Nipah Virus Disease in Kerala, India, 2018

    26 October 2018

    26 OCT - Arunkumar et al. 

    We used real-time RT PCR in throat swabs, blood, urine and CSF to detect NiV. Further, the viral genome was sequenced and subjected to phylogenetic analysis. We conducted an epidemiological investigation to describe the outbreak and to elucidate transmission dynamics.

  • borneo post

    Report highlights Singapore’s significant efforts in health securit

    25 October 2018

    25 OCT - Singapore has demonstrated strong leadership and a highly developed capacity to detect and respond to potential public health emergencies – so states a new report from a group of international health experts.

    The report is the compilation of the findings of what is known as a Joint External Evaluation (JEE) of the country’s implementation of the International Health Regulations (IHR (2005)).


    Europe votes to restrict animal antibiotics as UK use drops

    25 October 2018

    25 OCT - Chris Dall

    In two positive antimicrobial stewardship steps in Europe, members of the European Parliament (MEPs) today adopted a law to limit the use of antibiotics in food-producing animals, and a UK report shows that sales of veterinary antibiotics continue to fall.

  • Washington Post

    India wrestles with first significant outbreak of Zika virus

    25 October 2018

    25 OCT - Joanna Slater

    India ia working to control an outbreak of the Zika virus that has infected more than 130 people.

  • Science Daily

    Machine learning identifies antibiotic resistance genes in tuberculosis-causing bacteria

    25 October 2018

    25 OCT - Researchers have trained a machine learning algorithm to identify and predict which genes make infectious bacteria resistant to antibiotics. The approach was tested on strains of Mycobacterium tuberculosis -- the bacteria that cause tuberculosis (TB) in humans. It identified 33 known and 24 new antibiotic resistance genes in these bacteria. The approach could be used to predict resistance in other infection-causing pathogens.

  • CSIS global health

    Plagues and the Paradox of Progress: A Conversation with Thomas J. Bollyky

    25 October 2018

    25 OCT - The CSIS Global Health Policy Center hosted a conversation with Thomas J. Bollyky on his new book, Plagues and the Paradox of Progress: Why the World is Getting Healthier in Worrisome Ways. This is the first in a series of conversations intended to spotlight new thinking on health security, presented by the CSIS Commission on Strengthening America's Health Security.

  • malaysia-sun

    Regional cooperation in Asia Pacific necessary, says report

    23 October 2018

    23 OCT - Regional cooperation is increasingly necessary to tackle a rising number of cross-border challenges in Asia and the Pacific, according to a new report from the Asian Development Bank

  • ABC News

    Victorian Australian of the Year Mark Sullivan recognised for his sight-saving medication

    23 October 2018

    23 OCT - Danny Tran

    Mr Sullivan's team, based in the inner-city Melbourne suburb of Southbank, is the first Australian pharmaceutical company to receive US approval for the drug moxidectin, which treats river blindness.

    The debilitating disease, which affects mostly people living in the poorest parts of the world, is spread through flies and ultimately causes blindness.


    UK parliament urges making antimicrobial resistance a priority

    23 October 2018

    23 OCT - Chris Dall

    The British parliament is urging the government of Prime Minister Theresa May to make antimicrobial resistance (AMR) a "top five policy priority" in a new report.


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