PAHO director addresses Latin American, Caribbean Ebola preparedness

Pan American Health Organization

Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Dr. Carissa Etienne is visiting Cuba this week to address preparedness in the face of potential cases of the Ebola virus at a meeting of the Bolivian Alliance for the Peoples of … Read More »

DHS to host outbreak management webinar


The latest webinar in the Capacity Building Webinar Series will be hosted by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate’s First Responder Group (FRG) and the National Information Sharing Consortium at 1 p.m. EST on Oct. 23. … Read More »

100,000 Ebola assays in total provided by Navy Medical Research Team

Microscopic view of the Ebola virus

Since the start of the current Ebola outbreak, the Naval Medical Research Team (NMRC) with the Department of Defense has been producing detection assays that now number more than 100,000. The assays have been critical in determining cases of Ebola … Read More »

Sarepta Therapeutics to publish Ebola, Marburg study results


Two experimental compounds to prevent the spread of the Ebola and Marburg viruses showed promise in recent initial human testing by Sarepta Therapeutics, Inc. In two separate studies, 30 healthy adult volunteers were given up to 9 milligrams of AVI-6002, … Read More »

Senegal stops spread of Ebola


Following an Ebola outbreak that began in August, Senegal has effectively stopped the spread of the deadly virus through the country through diligent efforts by the government, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced on Friday. The initial case of Ebola, … Read More »

Allen County Emergency Management sees potential for citizen preparedness in emergency

Allen County

Things are calm in Allen County, Kentucky, but for Preparedness Coordinator Lindsey Vick there are always procedures to follow and preparations underway. Her office focuses on concerns for local health first – when an outbreak occurs, the first step is … Read More »

Alabama county uses Strategic National Stockpile program to combat potential outbreaks

Donnie Knight

In Randolph County, preparedness for a possible outbreak falls under the supervision of Donnie Knight, the director of the county’s Emergency Management Agency. The local team serves on point for the statewide Health Department, which Knight said is responsible for … Read More »

NIH supports development of Ebola vaccine

Microscopic view of the Ebola virus

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID), a division of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), is sponsoring a research project to develop a vaccine to prevent rabies and Ebola. Scientists at Thomas Jefferson University (TJU) and NIAID … Read More »

Russia will not destroy smallpox virus


Pending the decision of the World Health Organization (WHO) to destroy smallpox virus stocks, the Russian State Research Center of Virology and Biotechnology (VECTOR) will not eliminate its stocks prematurely Since the smallpox virus was considered eradicated in 1980, VECTOR … Read More »

Oxnard evaluates equipment, training for biological threats

Susan Duenas

Following the appearance of Ebola in the United States, emergency management for the town of Oxnard, Calif., is reviewing its equipment and training to enhance preparedness in case of an emergency. “Fortunately because of all the Homeland Security funding that … Read More »

Florida reallocates funds to improve emergency preparedness

John H. Armstrong

Florida Surgeon General John H. Armstrong told the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Tuesday that the Department of Health would immediately be redirecting funds to strengthen Florida’s emergency preparedness. In a letter sent to the CDC’s director, Armstrong … Read More »

FEMA accepting applications for Emergency Management Leaders Academy


Emergency management professionals in the public and private sectors were recently invited to apply for the National Emergency Management Leaders Academy, which is offered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The program consists of four day-long courses and a … Read More »

NTRR, partner offer free antimicrobial coating to first responders

Neutra Corp

Neutra Corp (NTRR) and joint-venture partner Surface to Air Solutions are offering an antimicrobial coating that can destroy pathogens and viruses on contact to first responders, especially in and around Dallas, where a man died of Ebola recently. The product … Read More »

Arkansas preparing for unlikely spread of Ebola

Arkansas Department of Health

The Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) is working closely with health care providers, local utilities, business and faith-based organizations and the state’s education systems to ensure everyone is prepared in the unlikely event that Ebola spreads to the state. Although … Read More »