Melioidosis in the United States
The following background data are abstracted from Gideon www.GideonOnline.com and the Gideon e-book series [1,2] (primary references available on request) The first case of melioidosis in the Western hemisphere was diagnosed in the United States in 1945 – an American who had worked in the Panama Canal Zone during 1927 to 1928. Sporadic autochthonous cases (five reports to 2013) have been reported from Arizona, Georgia, Hawaii, Oklahoma, Ohio and California. The fifth case of autochthonous melioidosis was reported in Ohio in 2013. Imported cases have originated from Laos, Mexico, Viet Nam and Thailand. Two cases impo...
Source: GIDEON blog - February 11, 2015 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Dr. Stephen Berger Tags: Ebooks Epidemiology ProMED Melioidosis Source Type: blogs

Proposed US policy on dual use research of concern
The US Office of Science and Technology Policy recently released proposed guidelines for maximizing the benefits and minimizing misuse of life sciences research. The measures establish oversight responsibilities for universities and other institutions that receive Federal funding: Specifically, such institutions would be required to review their current life sciences research involving those pathogens or toxins deemed to be the most dangerous or most amenable to misuse, and then work with the researchers and funding agencies to develop appropriate risk mitigation plans. This adds to a previously announced internal&nbs...
Source: virology blog - February 26, 2013 Category: Virology Authors: Vincent Racaniello Tags: Information avian influenza H5N1 bioterrorism DURC life sciences research OSTP viral virology virus Source Type: blogs