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  01.30.17   ww.asm.org: The dangers of closing the borders on global science
  12.27.16   www.obits.nj.com: Dr. Sidney Pestka Known as the "Father of Interferon, passed away on December 22, 2016
  12.27.16   www.obits.nj.com: Dr. Leon Smith, one of the first infectious disease specialists in New Jersey, passed away on december 19, 2016
  10.10.16   www.mdlinx.com: CDC funds 34 innovative projects to combat antibiotic resistance
  09.29.16   www.sciencedaily.com: Fungus in humans identified for first time as key factor in Crohn's disease
  09.20.16   CDC news: New data show antibiotic use in U.S. hospitals Is still too high
  09.06.16   www.mdlinx.com: Researchers identify multidrug-resistant E. coli bacteria from New Jersey patient
  08.22.16   www.msn.com: D.A. Henderson, doctor who eradicated smallpox, dies
  08.02.16   www.mdlinx.com: Travel precautions issued for Miami neighborhood with active Zika spread
  08.02.16   www.mdlinx.com: Zika reaches epidemic level in Puerto Rico
  08.02.16   www.mdlinx.com: $5.1 million awarded to help develop rapid Zika diagnostic test
  08.02.16   www.mdlinx.com: CARB-X project aims to speed the fight against antimicrobial resistance
  07.01.16   www.nytimes.com: As experts confront the hazards of Zika, fear and uncertainty hover
  07.01.16   www.cdc.gov: Clinical alert to U.S. healthcare facilities: Global emergence of invasive infections caused by the multidrug-resistant yeast Candida auris
  05.27.16   www.msn.com: The superbug that doctors have been dreading just reached the U.S.
  05.24.16   www.nejm.com: Special Report: Zika Virus and Birth Defects — Reviewing the Evidence for Causality
  05.24.16   www.msn.com: Your keyboard could be harboring dangerous bacteria — here’s how to clean it
  02.09.16   www.mdlinx.com: Obama requests emergency funding to combat Zika
  01.19.16   www.nytimes.com: In rural Alabama, a longtime mistrust of medicine fuels a Tuberculosis outbreak
  01.16.16   www.usatoday.com: Egregious safety failures at Army lab led to anthrax mistakes
  12.22.15   www.npr.org: Could A New Berry-Flavored Pill Help Stop Childhood TB?
  11.20.15   www.bbc.com: Are superbugs deadlier near where you live?
  11.19.15   www.bbc.com: Antibiotic resistance: World on cusp of 'post-antibiotic era'
  09.29.15   www.mdlinx.com: Deaths averted by influenza vaccination in the U.S. during the seasons 2005/06 through 2013/14
  08.15.15   csmonitor.com: Octopus genome mapped: How weird are the eight-limbed critters?; nature.com: The octopus genome and the evolution of cephalopod neural and morphological novelties
  08.11.15   medicalxpress.com: Research advances potential for test and vaccine for genital and oral herpes
  08.10.15   medicalxpress.com: NYC mayor: Legionnaires' outbreak has claimed 12 lives
  08.08.15   medicalxpress.com: Record 108 contract Legionnaires disease in New York
  08.03.15   cdc.gov: CDC funding helps states address infectious disease threats
  08.03.15   cnn.com: Seven dead in Legionnaires' disease outbreak in New York
  07.29.15   consumerreports.org: America's antibiotic crisis: How your hospital can make you sick
  07.20.15   thelancet.com: Bringing fungal infections in from the cold
  06.13.15   reuters.com: WHO calls emergency meeting on 'large, complex' South Korea MERS outbreak and cdc.gov: MERS in Republic of Korea
  06.10.15   cbsnews.com: CDC looking for passenger carrying tenacious tuberculosis strain
  06.02.15   Wall Street Journal: Preserving the Blessings of Antibiotics
  05.25.15   WHO Update: World Health Assembly addresses antimicrobial resistance, immunization gaps and malnutrition
  05.14.15   Medscape.com: CDC Head Answers Your Questions on Antibiotic Resistance
  04.22.15   NYTimes.com: Newt Gingrich: Double the N.I.H. Budget
  03.17.15   Global Health Technologies Coalition Blog: Fighting for the future: Why we must come together to fight antibiotic resistance around the globe
  02.24.15   Gaffi Report: Fungal disease Deaths- only $30 per patient would give major reduction in AIDS globally
  02.09.15   CIDRAP report: CDC: Measles total swells to 121 in 17 states
  01.29.15   BBC News: Ebola outbreak: Virus mutating, scientists warn
  01.14.15   CDC Report: Progress Being Made in Infection Control in U.S. Hospitals; Continued Improvements Needed
  01.03.15   Modernhealthcare.com Report: FDA drug approvals reached 18-year high in 2014
  12.30.14   BBC Health News: First Ebola boy likely infected by playing in bat tree
  12.12.14   PMLiVE News: Antibiotic resistance to lead to millions of deaths
  10.31.14   Global Biodefense: Global Infection Outbreaks on the Rise
  10.28.14   FIND Press Release: Cepheid, FIND & Rutgers announce collaboration for next-generation innovations to game-changing Xpert MTB/RIF test
  10.22.14   Science Insider: Tuberculosis toll greater than previously estimated, says WHO
  10.17.14   The New York Times: White House to Cut Funding for Risky Biological Study
  10.15.14   The New York Times: Lax U.S. Guidelines on Ebola Led to Poor Hospital Training, Experts Say
  10.13.14   CDC Newsroom: CDC update on Ebola Response
  10.13.14   Global Biodefense: The Dwindling Stock of Antibiotics, and What to Do About It
  10.03.14   The New York Times: Young, Brilliant and Underfunded
  10.03.14   Science Insider: Fountain of youth: A Congressman's plan to make NIH grantees younger
  09.19.14   Global Biodefense: 21st Century Cures Explores Paths to Address Antibiotic Resistance and Encourage New Drug Development
  08.26.14   Global Biodefense: Key to Universal Flu Vaccine: Embrace the Unfamiliar
  08.15.14   CDC Newsroom: CDC Progress on Laboratory Safety
  08.15.14   The Independent: Ebola outbreak: Size of the problem has been 'vastly' underestimated, says WHO
  08.11.14   The Independent: Ebola outbreak: "Patient zero" at start old eadly virus spread identified by scientists as a two year old toddler in Guinea
  07.31.14   CIDRAP Report: More voices call for action on lab biosafety
  07.23.14   NYTimes.com: C.D.C. Says Lab Director Behind Anthrax Mishap Resigns
  07.21.14   Medindia Report: Cocktail of Drugs Shortens Time Taken to Treat TB Patients
  07.21.14   CIDRAP Report: West Africa Ebola outbreak total tops 1,000
  07.19.14   NYTimes.com: Pathogen Mishaps Rise as Regulators Stay Clear
  07.16.14   Biotechnology Forums: Xpert MTB/RIF diagnostic test rollout could reduce TB incidence in India
Plos Medicine related article: The Importance of Implementation Strategy in Scaling Up Xpert MTB/RIF for Diagnosis of Tuberculosis in the Indian Health-Care System: A Transmission Model
  07.16.14   American Biological Safety Association (ABSA) Response to Recent Events at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): download press release
  07.11.14   The Washington Post: CDC says it improperly sent dangerous pathogens in five incidents in past decade
  07.10.14   Global Biodefense: New Study: Over 50 Million Children Infected with TB
  07.08.14   New York Times: Forgotten Vials of Smallpox Found in Storage Room
  06.18.14   CDC Newsroom: CDC Lab Determines Possible Anthrax Exposures: Staff Provided Antibiotics/Monitoring

Note from Rutgers Environmental Health and Safety Office

At Rutgers University, strict protocols are in place in terms of the materials that are brought outside of the containment facilities for select agents and other pathogens. Many procedures require that materials be inactivated and then downgraded from biosafety level three (BSL3) to biosafety level two (BSL2) for further processing or analysis. Before researchers can do this, they must write a standard operating procedure (SOP) and explain the method by which they will remove samples from the facility. This SOP is written only after the main project has been approved by the Institutional Biosafety Committee. Before the SOP is finalize and approved, data documenting the inactivation of samples must be included with the final version of the SOP and approved by our BSL3 Risk Assessment Committee. The committee reviewing these procedures include senior researchers, laboratory administration and the biosafety officer/ Responsible Official. Additionally, every time samples are brought out of BSL3, the BSL3 Manager is notified.

  06.15.14   NBCNews.com: Whooping Cough Officially Epidemic in California, says Public Health Department
  05.23.14   FDA.gov: FDA approves Dalvance to treat skin infections
  05.19.14   MedPageToday: Sepsis Contributes to Half of all Hospital Deaths
  05.15.14   CBSNews.com: Ohio measles outbreak spreads to record level
  05.12.14   CIDRAP News & Persepctive: US detects 2nd mers case;Saudi Arabia has 18 more
  05.04.14   CBSNews.com: In U.S., Hospital Acquired Infections Run Rampant
  05.04.14   CNN Health News: MERS makes first U.S. appearance, in Indiana
  04.29.14   CIDRAP News & Persepctive: Study: MERS-CoV from Saudi camels matches human isolates
  04.15.14   ABC News: Mom Whose Child Died After Catching Chicken Pox Advocates for Vaccines
  04.12.14   WHO Update: Human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus
  04.10.14   skynews.com: Ebola virus claims 110 in Africa
  03.31.14   medpagetoday.com: FDA Panel Gives Nod to New Antibiotics
  03.26.14   Fox News: CDC Director: Hospital infections down but still deadly, dangerous
  03.26.14   CDC report: Despite Progress, Three-quarters of a Million Infections Threaten Hospital Patients Each Year. To access a study refered to in the CDC report and published in the New England Journal of Medicine, visit: www.nejm.org
  03.24.14   Liberty Voice report: Bacteria Which Causes Strep Throat Lives for Long Time Outside the Body
  03.21.14   New statistics on Tuberculosis cases in New York City and Los Angeles: www.nydailynews.com, www.latimes.com, and www.wnyc.org
  03.11.14   Video Highlight: A 50-cent microscope that folds like origami
  03.11.14   CDC Public Health Matters Blogs: Keeping Tabs on Deadly Diseases
  03.05.14   New York Times: Early Treatment Is Found to Clear H.I.V. in a 2nd Baby
  03.05.14   CBS News Report: New advance: Engineered immune cells seem to block HIV
  03.04.14   Both Science On-line and the New York Times report on studies on the development of a drug that protect people from infection with the AIDS virus for up to 3 months.
  02.22.14   New York Times Editorial: Coping With Infectious Disease
  02.21.14   CBS News Report: 13 Fordham University Students Believed To Have Mumps
  02.06.14   The New England Journal of Medicine Perspective: Ending AIDS — Is an HIV Vaccine Necessary?
  02.05.14   14news.com News: CDC warning of new highly contagious virus
  01.13.14   BBC World News Report: India hails polio-free "milestone"
  11.04.13   NIH report: Impact of Sequestration on the National Institutes of Health
  10.22.13   PBS Frontline Documentary: Hunting the Nightmare Bacteria
  10.08.13   Bloomberg.com News: "Glaxo Malaria Shot Protects for 18 Months in Africa Study"
  09.26.13   Irish Central Report: "U.S. Senate committee hearing on the crisis of sepsis in America"
  09.17.13   OH&S Report: "CDC Warns Antibiotic Resistance a Major Threat"
  09.17.13   CDC Report: "Antibiotics pipeline 'nearly empty'"
  09.16.13   NBC News Report: "Deadly Fungal Disease Detected Outside Pacific Northwest"
  07.05.13   The New York Times: "A Disease Without a Cure Spreads Quietly in the West"
  06.22.13   Dr. Peter Hotez, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, view on Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS)
  06.20.13   The New England Journal of Medicine - Perspective: Pandemic Influenza Viruses - Hoping for the Road Not Taken"
  05.30.13   The New York Times: "New Tools to Hunt New Viruses"
  04.21.13   China bird flu cases now at 102
  04.21.13   Hilary Koprowski, Who Developed First Live-Virus Polio Vaccine, Dies at 96
  04.18.13   Nature Report: US ricin attacks are more scary than harmful
  03.11.13   CDC issues warning over deadly new SARS-like virus
  02.25.13   NY Daily News: Flu vaccine did poor job in protecting seniors from harshest flu strain
  01.28.13   A CBS News report: "Superbugs: A ticking time bomb"
To view the broadcast, follow this video link
To read the story, visit www.cbsnews.com
  01.24.13   A review: "The Future of Antibiotics and Resistance"
  01.15.13   Associated Press: "CDC: 11 biolab workers infected from 2004-10"
  01.03.13   U.S. approves J&J drug-resistant tuberculosis treatment
  01.03.13   J&J Sirturo Wins FDA Approval to Treat Drug-Resistant TB
  01.02.13   NJ meningitis tally at 46 cases
  12.20.12   Multistate Fungal Meningitis Outbreak - Dec 20, 2012 Update
  12.17.12   Multistate Fungal Meningitis Outbreak - Current Case Count
  12.10.12   The healing power of maggot slime
  11.21.12   Infections linked to tainted steroid injections nears 500 cases
  11.06.12   The New York Times: Chasing Clues to Detect Outbreak
  11.05.12   It's Airborne and can Kill. It's Curable at Low Cost. So Why aren't We Stopping It?
  11.04.12   Saudi Confirms Third Case of Newly Discovered SARS-like Virus
  10.31.12   Meningitis Outbreak: 368 Cases, 29 Deaths
  10.26.12   Multistate Fungal Meningitis Outbrake - Current Case Count
  10.18.12   Statement by the Executive Secretary of the Stop TB Partnership on the WHO Global Tuberculosis Report 2012

The new data published in the WHO Global Tuberculosis Report 2012 show clear signs of progress. TB care has saved 20 million lives in the past 17 years, the number of people getting sick with TB has fallen 2.2% since last year and a rapid diagnostic test is now available in 67 low- and middle-income countries.

Yet, "the report reveals that we have collectively failed to make progress on detecting and treating people with TB. In 2011, only 5.8 million people were notified to national TB programmes and received treatment consistent with international guidelines. This is just 66% of the estimated total number of cases and leaves around 3 million people who either received no diagnosis and treatment or got potentially substandard treatment. Sadly, this figure has not changed for the past three years."

Download: TB2012AdvocacyBrochure.pdf
Download: Statement by the Executive Secretary of the Stop TB.pdf

  10.18.12   The death toll from a meningitis outbreak rises
  10.06.12   Rare Fungal Meningitis Outbreak Rises; 7 Dead, 64 Sick
  10.02.12   Pet Turtles Blamed for Salmonella Outbreak
  08.31.12   H3N2 Influenza Virus Raises New Concerns...but not to some




















 
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