MSU Emergency Manager: Communication, education, risk assessment key in control of outbreaks

Murray State University

In rural Kentucky, the students and staff at Murray State University will be well protected in the event of an incident of bioterrorism or an outbreak of a deadly disease, according to Jeff Steen, the director of the university’s emergency … Read More »

Waldo County Emergency Management Director outlines response protocols

Waldo County Emergency Management Agency

Emergency Management Director Dale Rowley said that the low population density in Waldo County, Maine, could be a positive thing if an outbreak of a hard-to-treat or deadly condition were to occur. “There are no large gathering points (in Waldo … Read More »

Pike County follows state lead in emergencies

Pike County Sheriff

In Pike County, Indiana, the emergency management team operates through the sheriff’s office and follows state guidelines in the case of a local outbreak of Ebola, a biological attack or any related emergencies. “We follow the same state procedures that … Read More »

U.S. preparedness tied to global response

Microscopic view of the Ebola virus

With the outbreak of Ebola hemorrhagic fever raging in West Africa and cases appearing in Spain and Dallas, U.S. preparedness in the face of biological agents like Ebola or anthrax comes into question. Would the U.S. be prepared in an … Read More »

Volunteers ready to respond to possible emergency situations in Dale County

Dale County Emergency Management Agency

Dale County Citizen Corps are well prepared to respond in the event of a disease or biological terror attack, according to Shari Russell, the coordinator of the Dale County Citizen Corps. “We do whatever we are told to do,” Russell … Read More »

Connectedness key to Wyoming Department of Health’s disaster response

Wyoming Department of Health

The Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) stays heavily connected to counties, reservations and medical organizations across the state to achieve a streamlined response in the event of an emergency. “A successful bio-preparedness response is a team effort, achieved by working … Read More »

Single-dose anthrax vaccine shows promise in testing phase


A non-human primate study by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) using an anthrax vaccine from Immunovaccine, Inc., found significant immunity to anthrax after only a single dose, the company reported today. Researcher’s from the NIH’s National Institute of Allergy … Read More »

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 »