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Federal labs to review safety in wake of anthrax, flu mishandling

By the end of next week, federal agency laboratories will have to have begun reviews of their safety practices in the wake of widely publicized lapses at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and elsewhere.

CDC head calls for stepped up efforts to contain Ebola epidemic in West Africa

The head of the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control said nations need to step up efforts to control the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, after recently visiting several countries there dealing with the outbreak.

DARPA launches $150K challenge for new predictive model to track mosquito-spread virus

With mosquito season in full swing, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is closely watching one disease the insects carry and spread to humans- and is seeking help to track it.

Disease outbreak worries put pressure on US customs officers

When a deadly infectious disease like Ebola breaks out overseas, the responsibility to keep infected individuals out of the United States partly falls on customs officers with little medical training who staff long lines of travelers waiting to enter the country.

CDC sends 'disease detectives' to Africa to stop Ebola spread, boosts US preparation

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said 55 "disease detectives" and other highly trained experts are in four West African countries, helping to stop the spread of Ebola there.

Expert: Cybersecurity, privacy and government policy must adapt to a changing, complex environment

Vast and rapid technological changes are affecting government, the IT industry and society as a whole. How organizations and individuals respond to those changes, especially when it comes to enacting security policies, will have a major impact on the Internet's future and personal freedoms, a top security industry analyst and thinker said.

NNSA needs to reevalute proposed expansion of biological research labs, assess needs

The National Nuclear Security Administration should reevaluate its needs for biological research facilities as it considers expansion of such labs, the Energy Department's internal watchdog said in a recent audit.

CDC surging efforts to curb Ebola outbreak in Africa, contain any potential spread in US

In the U.S., the CDC said Aug. 6 that it has updated infection-prevention protocols for hospitals to treat any travelers who may have been exposed to the disease. The protocols also cover airport and airline personnel and labs handling specimens from suspected cases.

One CDC high-containment lab resumes transfer activities halted after anthrax mishandling debacle

One of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's so-called high-containment laboratories was allowed to resume its transfer of inactivated dangerous organisms on July 24, a day after a CDC official resigned in the wake of the agency's anthrax mishandling scandal.

CDC head says "pattern" of poor safety in handling pathogens at labs

The head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention admitted that a recent incident potentially exposing staff to anthrax has revealed a "pattern" of poor safety measures in handling such dangerous pathogens over the years.