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Previously uncontacted Peruvian Indians ‘could carry flu back to tribe’

(The Telegraph) Seven members of a previously uncontacted Peruvian Amazonian tribe had to be treated for the flu after fleeing into Brazil to escape violent attacks, raising fears that the virus could spread to their isolated community.

CDC Announces New External Biosafety Advisory Committee

(Global Biodefense) The Centers for Disease Control this week announced the formation of an external laboratory safety workgroup of the Advisory Committee to the Director of CDC. This group will provide advice and guidance to the CDC Director and CDC’s new Director of Laboratory Safety. The initial emphasis of the workgroup  Read More »

C.D.C. Says Tuberculosis Lab, Shut Amid Exposure Scare, Can Continue Its Work

(New York Times) Operations can resume at a government tuberculosis laboratory in Atlanta that was shut down this month as part of a moratorium on handling dangerous microbes, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Thursday. The moratorium, imposed by the agency after two accidents at other laboratories that could  Read More »

S.Korea confirms hog foot-and-mouth outbreak

(Reuters) South Korea has confirmed a case of foot-and-mouth disease at a hog farm, the country’s first outbreak in more than three years, the agriculture ministry said in a statement on Thursday.The case comes as Asia’s fourth-largest economy strives to contain a six-month outbreak of bird flu, which has pushed pork  Read More »

U.S. CDC says to announce safety advisory panel by end of week

(Reuters) The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will announce its safety advisory panel later this week following breaches in its handling of anthrax and a deadly form of bird flu in recent weeks, the director of the agency said on Tuesday. CDC’s Dr Thomas Frieden told reporters the members  Read More »