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Executive Order – Optimizing the Security of Biological Select Agents and Toxins in the United States

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows: Section 1.  Policy.  It is the policy of the United States that: (a)  A robust and productive scientific enterprise that utilizes biological select agents and  Read More »

Universities Study Smallpox Vaccine

Two U.S. universities are studying whether one strong injection of a new smallpox vaccine would offer greater protection than two doses of a weaker treatment provided over a period of four weeks, St. Louis University in Missouri announced this week (see GSN, May 18). “Because of continuing concern about biowarfare and  Read More »

Pakistan Weighs Death Penalty for Biological Weapons Users

Pakistan is considering imposing strong penalties that include the death sentence for those found guilty of developing, producing or deploying biological weapons, The News reported today (see GSN, Jan. 6). Islamabad’s governing Cabinet is set to consider legislation containing the proposed penalties today at the request of the nation’s Foreign Office.  Read More »

Biosurveillance: Efforts to Develop a National Biosurveillance Capability Need a National Strategy and a Designated Leader

Suspected Acute Haemorrhagic Fever in the Republic of the Congo

WHO has received preliminary reports of five suspected cases, including three deaths, with acute haemorrhagic fever from Mokouangonda, an isolated forest village of about 100 inhabitants in Mokoke district, Region of Sangha, in northern Republic of the Congo (Brazzaville).