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FedEx no longer to transport bioterror germs in wake of anthrax lab mishaps

Shipping giant FedEx no longer is willing to transport packages containing research specimens of potential bioterror pathogens in the wake of high-profile safety mistakes by an Army lab that unknowingly shipped live anthrax for years, according to a letter the company sent to federal regulators and obtained by USA TODAY.

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CDC Issues Health Advisory Amid Deadly MERS Outbreak

The U.S. health officials issued an advisory today as the deadly MERS virus outbreak continues in South Korea.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued the advisory to health care providers in an effort to guard against a similar MERS outbreak in the U.S.

Continue reading on ABC News.


The next epidemic

"Of all the things that could kill more than 10 million people around the world," writes philanthropist Bill Gates in the New England Journal of Medicine, "the most likely is an epidemic stemming from either natural causes or bioterrorism."

Beginning with this blunt and clinical assessment, we are given a detailed picture of the specter that haunts Gates's nightmares: the emergence of a highly infectious virus that would spawn global panic, overwhelm the supply of medical commodities, set off a desperate technological race against death, reduce global wealth by trillions of dollars and fill millions of graves.

Continue reading on The Washington Post.


Ebola Was Only A Warm-Up: The Measles Outbreak Is For Real

Just three months ago, Americans were terrified of Ebola. Remember that?

Most of us expected a mass outbreak. One in three people worried that a relative would get sick.

Nearly 80% of Americans — 80%! — even wanted doctors and nurses that treated Ebola patients to be locked into quarantines, despite lack of medical evidence.

Of course, a mass Ebola outbreak in the United States never materialized.

But a major measles outbreak is already here. And it’s only going to get worse.

Continue reading on Forbes.


Better preparedness can ward off future Ebola threat

Tennessee, thankfully, remains Ebola-free. Let’s hope it stays that way, given the preparedness issues that remain for the Volunteer State. Dr. Bill Paul, Metro Director of Public Health, recently said he is confident that Nashville and the greater Middle Tennessee region could – and would – handle such a case safely and efficiently. Nevertheless, Nashville still must develop plans for where and how an isolation unit would be made available if an Ebola patient arrived unexpectedly at a state medical facility.

Continue reading on The Tennessean.