New swine flu with pandemic potential identified by China researchers

Researchers in China have discovered a new type of swine flu that is capable of triggering a pandemic, according to a study in the US science journal PNAS, although experts said there is no imminent threat. Named G4, it is Read More …

Ebola: Congo hit by second outbreak as country faces coronavirus and measles crises

A second Ebola outbreak has hit Congo as the country struggles to cope with coronavirus and the world’s largest measles outbreak, health officials have announced. The Democratic Republic of the Congo had not yet declared an official end to Ebola in its Read More …

Airbus is developing bomb-detecting ‘electronic noses’ that may one day sniff out viral disease

Aircraft manufacturing giant Airbus is partnering with a small Silicon Valley biotech startup to deploy “electronic noses” in airports and on aircraft, the Financial Times first reported. The sensors had the initial goal of detecting explosives but Airbus is aiming to repurpose Read More …

Insect repellent to be tested by MoD lab to see if it kills COVID-19

Britain’s defence laboratory will test whether a product found in insect repellent can also be used to kill the strain of coronavirus that causes COVID-19, Sky News has learned. Citriodiol is known to be effective at destroying certain types of coronavirus, Read More …

You need a special lab to study the coronavirus. Here’s what it takes to get one up and running

Before the pandemic, there was only a small group of researchers dedicated to studying coronaviruses. Now though, scientists around the world are turning their focus to the virus called SARS-CoV-2. There’s a snag, however. While researchers can more easily study the Read More …

United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): Coronavirus and Drinking Water and Wastewater

There is no higher priority for EPA than protecting the health and safety of Americans. EPA is providing this important information about COVID-19 as it relates to drinking water and wastewater to provide clarity to the public. The COVID-19 virus Read More …

European Food Safety Authority (EFSA): Coronavirus: no evidence that food is a source or transmission route

EFSA’s chief scientist, Marta Hugas, said: “Experiences from previous outbreaks of related coronaviruses, such as severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV) and Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV), show that transmission through food consumption did not occur. At the moment, Read More …

WHO Technical Brief: Water, sanitation, hygiene and waste management for COVID-19 – 3 March 2020

In late 2019, an acute respiratory disease, known as COVID-19, emerged. The pathogen responsible for COVID-19 is severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2, also referred to as the COVID-19 virus), a member of the coronavirus family. In response to Read More …

WHO declares the new coronavirus outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern

Statement on the second meeting of the International Health Regulations (2005) Emergency Committee regarding the outbreak of novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) The second meeting of the Emergency Committee convened by the WHO Director-General under the International Health Regulations (IHR) (2005) regarding the outbreak Read More …

Lassa fever outbreak kills dozens in Nigeria

At least 29 killed and 195 cases of the disease confirmed in the latest outbreak to hit the country, government says. Nigerian authorities have announced increased emergency measures to contain the latest outbreak of Lassa fever in the West African Read More …