Black Hawk County EM defers to local health department in bio-emergencies


Black Hawk County Emergency Management in Iowa takes on a supportive role in emergencies of a biological nature, submitting to the local health department as the leader of response efforts. “We would defer to the local health department who in … Read More »

Kansas City firm to send mobile Ebola-testing labs to Africa


MRIGlobal said Tuesday that it is sending two clinical diagnostic laboratories to Ebola treatment centers in Sierra Leone. The Kansas City, Missouri-based company, which has designed and developed mobile labs for over a decade, has a contract with the Defense … Read More »

GAO report finds opportunities for cost efficiency by FEMA


The Government Accountability Office (GAO) said in a report released on Wednesday that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has plenty of leeway to drastically reduce its administrative costs. FEMA utilized $12.7 billion from the Disaster Relief Fund (DRF) for … Read More »

Company offers mailroom awareness training over CBR substances


Hotzone Solutions is offering mailroom safety courses to increase awareness of chemical, biological and radiological substances. The company said there have been numerous reports from around the world about attempts to reach government or organizational personnel and deliver CBR substances … Read More »

Wanted by DHS: technology able to test bio-threats in the field


The Department of Homeland Security is seeking innovative ideas from individuals or companies that are in the process of developing products capable of identifying biological agents, the agency said Tuesday. The DHS BioWatch program looks to detect biological agents in … Read More »

Arizona county regularly reviews response plan against bio-threats


The Mohave County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) in Arizona conducts annual reviews of its countermeasure plan for use against bio-threats, Bruce Leeming, emergency-response coordinator of the state’s Office of Bio Defense, Emergency Preparedness and Response, recently said to BioPrepWatch. … Read More »

DHS trains Michigan health care workers for mass-casualty events

Michigan hospital employees simulate the decontamination of a survivor following a simulated mass-casualty incident during a recent DHS training session.

The Department of Homeland Security’s Center for Domestic Preparedness recently hosted nearly 140 health care personnel for training in mass-casualty events. About 25 Michigan hospitals, EMS agencies, long-term care facilities and fire departments representing about 22 percent of the state’s … Read More »

GENEX issues workers’ comp Ebola guidelines


GENEX Services, LLC released workers’ compensation guidelines for clinical treatment of Ebola and Marburg cases on Wednesday. The guidelines discuss the needed actions that employers and providers need to take in the case of infection among their staff. Dr. Maury … Read More »

BioCryst enters Phase I clinical trials for Ebola treatment

BioCryst Pharmaceuticals

BioCryst Pharmaceuticals announced on Monday that it has begun Phase I clinical trials of BCX4430, a possible  treatment for hemorrhagic fever viruses such as Ebola. The randomized, placebo-controlled testing include the injection of BCX4430 into the muscular system of healthy … Read More »

FEMA offering interagency logistics training


The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is offering a course covering fundamental concepts of interagency logistics (IL) in 2015. The course consists of seminars on operation practices that involve agencies working together in the case of an emergency. Course goals … Read More »

CDC releases Ebola update


The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released an updated report on the ongoing efforts to contain the Ebola outbreak affecting West Africa on Tuesday. The CDC said the World Health Organization (WHO) reports 17,908 cases of Ebola … Read More »

Emergent BioSolutions acquires Evolva Holding’s EV-03 series of molecules

Adam Havey

The Rockville, Maryland-based Emergent BioSolutions, Inc., announced on Wednesday that it had acquired Evolva Holding SA’s EV-035 series of molecules. The EV-035 series of novel small molecule broad spectrum antibiotics of the 4-oxoquinolizine class targets bacterial type IIa topoisomerase. GC-072, … Read More »

Brevard County strengthens biological countermeasures, overall preparedness levels


Brevard County Emergency Management (BCEM) has taken steps to enhance biological emergency response efforts recently. “The Ebola outbreak has spurred hazard-specific emergency preparedness training, including hazard-specific personal protective equipment drills and operating procedure development for hospitals and first responders,” Director … Read More »

CDC lists its 10 top public health concerns from 2014


Ebola was only one issue the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention dealt with in 2014 in what the agency called an “unprecedented” year on Monday. The CDC released its list of the 10 most challenging public-health threats and other … Read More »