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Global health experts outline lessons to be learned from Ebola epidemic

(Massachusetts General Hospital 25 March 2015) While the international response to the Ebola epidemic included unprecedented measures that appeared to be gaining control of the outbreak by the end of 2014, the past year has also revealed critical weaknesses in the global public health system. 40 more words


MDC researchers greatly increase precision of new genome editing tool

(Max Delbrueck Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC) Berlin-Buch 25 March 2015) CRISPR-Cas9 is a powerful new tool for editing the genome. For researchers around the world, the CRISPR-Cas9 technique is an exciting innovation because it is faster and cheaper than previous methods. 46 more words

Clinical Pathology

Ebola diagnostic receives emergency use authorization

BioPrepWatch 26 March 2015

The Food and Drug Administration has allowed the Xpert Ebola test from Cepheid to be used through an emergency use authorization.  The test is specified for the Zaire strain of Ebola virus disease (EVD) and utilizes molecular diagnostics technology that keeps samples in the cartridge itself to limit risks of contamination and spread.

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Contaminated blood report published

BBC News Scotland 25 March 2015

Thousands of people were infected with Hepatitis C and HIV through NHS blood products in the 1970s and 80s.  The contaminated blood scandal has been described as the worst treatment disaster in the history of the NHS, and was responsible for the deaths of hundreds of people, many of whom had been haemophilia patients. 41 more words

Clinical Pathology

The Great Measles Wager: Pay Up and Shut Up

A court in Ravensburg, Germany has finally handed down a verdict on a case that has been stewing away for years now; Stefan Lanka has to pay up… 213 more words

Student diagnosed with measles in Brisbane's south

Brisbane Times Kristian Silva March 26, 2015

For the second time this month a a Brisbane person has contracted measles, however authorities say the latest case it is not linked to a man diagnosed after attending an NRL game. 70 more words


Learning from smallpox: How to eradicate a disease For most of...

Learning from smallpox: How to eradicate a disease

For most of human history, we have sought to treat and cure diseases. But only in recent decades did it become possible to ensure that a particular disease never threatens humanity again.

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