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CDC - CDC's Home Page - ASCP's Home Page, includes teleconference and workshop information - ATCC's Home Page - CLSI (formerly NCCLS) home page - Food and Drug Administration - National Institutes of Health - Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization - United Nations - APEC website, includes biweekly newsletter covering important developments in emerging infectious diseases - National Laboratory Training Network site, provides many excellent workshops. -ASM's Division C links page. - CAP's website: Education, Surveys, Q-probes, Q-tracks, LMIP, access to government documents, updates to the CLIA list of waived tests, and more.

BIOHAZARD / SAFETY - Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories, 3rd and 4th edition on-line. - Primary Containment for Biohazards - biosafety publications


Revised Bioterrorism (BT) Readiness Plan

The revised Bioterrorism (BT) Readiness Plan has been posted on the ASM website. BT Readiness Checklist for Sentinel Laboratories (appendix G) and a link to the State Public Health Labs has been posted.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Emergency Preparedness & Response - Agents, Diseases and Other Threats

CDC's site for Emergency Preparedness - Response, with Agents and Disease information, laboratory information, training and education, and more.

CDC Emergency Preparedness & Response Laboratory Information

Overview of Laboratory Response Network, testing and presumptive agent identification, Biosafety, shipping specimens and more.

Sentinal (formerly level A) laboratory procedures for identification of various agents

Sentinal procedures, protocols and information posted on the ASM Website.

CDC/UAB Website

Free CME on anthrax, smallpox and other rare infections. This Web site has been designed by the Center for Disaster Preparedness at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and was funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). The site offers free continuing education credits in bioterrorism preparedness to clinicians and updated resource information.

WHO - Communicable Disease Surveillance and Response

The World Health Organization (WHO) provides several resources at this site, including global health security and response to emerging disease threats. Click on the link below for more information.

Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR)

MMWR is prepared and published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The data in the weekly MMWR are provisional, based on weekly reports to CDC by state health departments. The reporting week concludes at close of business on Friday; compiled data on a national basis are officially released to the public on the succeeding Friday. To get the latest MMWR, click on the link below:

UPMC Center for Biosecurity

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center site for biosecurity.

Association of Public Health Laboratories website

Includes guidelines and protocols

US Department of Health & Human Resources sste.

Provides information regarding the department's role in emergency preparedness and response in the event of a biological or other public emergency.


CUMITECH 33 (ASM Press) "Laboratory Safety, Management, and Diagnosis of Biological Agents Associated with Bioterrorism", by Mary Gilchrest, W. Paul McKinney, J. Michael Miller, and Alice Weissfeld.

OTHER SITES: - CDC Interim Recommendations for Protecting Workers from Exposure to Bacillus anthracis in Work Site Where Mail Is Handled or Processed, Oct. 31,2001 - MMWR November 2, 2001. Update: Investigation of Bioterrorism-Related Anthrax and Interim Guidelines for Clinical Evaluation of Persons with Possible Anthrax - includes interstate shipping regulations; also Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories (BMBL) 4th Edition - on line - site from the CDC has general information and frequently asked questions. - image library - Many of you have or will receive inquiries from your students about various biological threats, and the real risks associated with various agents. There is an excellent discussion of the various agents at this American Medical Association Web site. If you go to this site, you will see a link to articles on bioterrorism.

GENERAL PUBLIC INFORMATION: - New civilian website addressing the threat of bioterrorism. BIOHAZARD NEWS is a reliable, timely source of information that does not play on our fears - nor does it downplay the threat. It is extremely well-researched. On the site you'll a great deal of information, including many links to other organizations and sites containing related material. - excellent educational background on bioterrorism with many links; also includes information on bacteriology and related topics.

Bioterrorism Articles from Nature

Nature is providing free access to other articles on bioterrorism from previous issues of the journal. Nature will continue to inform and explain the science behind current events as it happens, and this page will be updated accordingly. To read the new articles and link to other information, click on the link below.

RESOURCES: - extensive information and guidance on bacteria - The Microbiology Information Portal. An internet web portal designed to bring useful and interesting microbiology informational resources to all interested - emerging infectious disease resource links - large site with links to many biological sciences, plus search engine - Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Reports - good information on a number of disease topics, offers free weekly newsletters - CLIA information - CDC's flu information site, with an on-line Flu-O-Meter, indicating prevalence of influenza state by state. - U.S. Department of Health and Human Resource Services free gateway to reliable health information, also has links to medical libraries, dictionaries, journals, patient support groups, clinical trials, databases, state health departments and more. - excellent site for laboratory internet resources: educational, career opportunities, history, current news, vendor links, popular journals, and medline searches. - Advance Publication's on-line edition - CDC Public Health Image Library - great resource for teaching and information - great variety of microbiology resources - information on health careers - great resource - check out the "Anatomy Learning Center" and "Nursing for Kids"!

EDUCATIONAL SITES: - Go to "teaching and learning" to learn about Emerging Infections of International Public Health Importance - lectures and av materials by international experts. - gram stain images - photo gallery of Bacterial pathogens - see information about bioterrorism

SPECIALTY AREAS: (AFB, MYCOLOGY, PARASITOLOGY,VIROLOGY, SUSCEPTIBILITY TESTING) - Draft 2005 Guidelines for preventing transmission of M. tuberculosis -CDC's Division of Parasitic Diseases website (DPDx) offers a reference and training function (reviews of parasites, diseases, image library, and procedures; also a Diagnostic Assistance function (assistance in identification) - Parasitology case studies by Lynn Garcia -to find latest TB information, type in "TB" and search the NIOSH site - Mycology site with many links - Aspergillus website with images, treatment info, procedures and other info.

http://www.phppo/cdc/gov/dls/master/ - Multi-level Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing and Educational Resources

http://www.cdc/gov/drugresistance/actionplan/ - Draft Public Health Action Plan to Combat Antimicrobial Resistance

STATE HEALTH LABS: - Illinois Department of Public Health - Indiana State Department of Health - Michigan Department of Community Health - Ohio Department of Health - West Virginia Department of Health & Human Resources - Kentucky Health Department

REMEDY YOUR MEDICAL CAREER ONLINE! - search database of jobs, post your resume, or visit the Healthcare Links. - free resource for medical professionals that provides information about jobs, communities, and employers. - post a resume or a job vacancy, also provides its users with resume help and a Salary Database.

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The website below summarizes the recent addition of Bacillus cereus biovar anthracis to the select agent list. The information outlines for the LRN Sentinel Laboratories characteristics and current status of the organism with regard to referral to the next level, State Health Laboratory.

The CLSI Subcommittee on Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing published its second issue of “CLSI AST News Update”.  The content is designed to bring you up to date on current issues in AST and contains links to a variety of resources including protocols and log sheets.

 To help with a dissertation in Health Administration from Central Michigan, please take this survey regarding how easy and how difficult the biochemical tests are associated with ruling out or referring. Also, how easy and how difficult identification is of the individual organisms. The current version of the survey is at is you would like to take a look. Thank you for your time and any help would be greatly appreciated!

Starting June 14,2017:
Take your professional development to the next level with ASM’s new webinar series! “Molecular Diagnostics: Applications for the Diagnosis of Infectious Diseases” will provide an in-depth review of current trends and challenges associated with molecular diagnostic methods as they are used in the clinical microbiology laboratory.

Congratulations to our own Mike Brandon for winning the Scherago-Rubin award for ASM Microbe 2017.

•The Microbiology world is mourning the loss of Dr. Paul Schreckenberger, our dear friend, esteemed colleague, and longtime SCACM member. He will be sorely missed


•ASM and CLSI is hosting a five-part course titled “An ASM-CLSI Webinar Series on Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing: Part 2 - “Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing: Mechanisms of Resistance, Antimicrobial Stewardship, and Infection Prevention”.  starting March 1.

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Congratulations 2017 Recipients!

ASM Award:

Linda Bruno - Chicago, Illinois

SCACM Award:

Karen Phillips - Detroit, Michigan
Barbara Puthoff - Cincinnati, Ohio
Simon Milbrandt - Petosky, Michigan
 Julie Wright - Indianapolis,Indiana
Sharon Bales - Greenfield, Indiana
Jerry Wheatley - Jasper, Indiana

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