New Brighton, Minn., well-prepared for biological threats


More than 20,000 citizens of New Brighton, Minnesota, have a strong team of personnel trained and waiting to assist them in the event of a biological threat such as an outbreak similar to Ebola or a bioterrorism event. “We have … Read More »

Naval commander warns antibiotic resistance a growing threat

Kyle Petersen

Commanding Officer of U.S. Naval Medical Research Unit 6 Capt. Kyle Petersen recently said the growth of antibiotic-resistant microbes is a serious threat that deserves more attention. Petersen said that with high-profile infections in the news, such as Ebola and … Read More »

Tuscaloosa County seeks new emergency management director

Tuscaloosa County EMA

Tuscaloosa County is looking for a new director of emergency management. The new director for the county’s Emergency Management Agency will be responsible for managing, organizing and coordinating preparation and response to all natural and man-made emergencies in the county. … Read More »

Kansas to deploy National Gaurd soldiers to West Africa


Approximately 170 soldiers from the Kansas National Guard will be deployed to West Africa in the spring of 2015 to help combat the ongoing Ebola epidemic. The soldiers are from the National Guard’s 891st Engineer Battalion Headquarters Company and Field … Read More »

Personal protective equipment training available for first responders

Center for Domestic Preparedness CDP

The Center for Domestic Preparedness in Alabama is offering a course that teaches proper personal protective measures to first responders when dealing with dangerous biological material. The one-day, eight-hour course covers how to put on and safely take off protective … Read More »

CL diagnostic tool cleared by FDA


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a device that will provide rapid diagnosis of cutaneous leishmaniasis (CL), the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) announced on Nov. 14. USAMRIID partnered with InBios International, Inc., the Institut … Read More »

HHS seeks information on formulating new Ebola vaccines


The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is looking for vendor information to fill new drug products as it continues its efforts to combat the recent Ebola epidemic in West Africa. Issued on Friday, the Request for Information seeks … Read More »

Researcher: U.S. is in a better place to respond to biological attacks, outbreaks

Rita R. Colwell

Infectious-disease researcher Rita R. Colwell is in a unique position to understand the dangers of biological agents that could be employed in a terrorist attack or biological outbreaks that could endanger U.S. citizens. In addition to being the president and … Read More »

Putnam County Department of Health takes lead in bio-preparedness

Putnam County

By staying ahead of the curve through collaboration and extensive practice, Putnam County, New York, is able to remain thoroughly prepared for any emergencies that may arise. Since 2002, Putnam County has had a Bioterrorism/Disaster Preparedness Task Force composed of … Read More »

Emergency preparedness conference seeks presenters

Maine Emergency Management Agency

The Maine Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) is seeking presenters for the seventh annual Maine Partners in Emergency Preparedness Conference, which will be held from April 21-22, 2015. The conference allows emergency responders to both share their expertise and to glean … Read More »

Legislation introduced to improve DHS-private sector interaction

Committee on Homeland Security

Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas), the chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, joined Rep. Curt Clawson (R-Fla.) on Thursday in co-sponsoring a bill that would facilitate improved interaction between the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the private sector. H.R. … Read More »

Doctors Without Borders expands Mali Ebola response


Doctors Without Borders/Médécins Sans Frontieres (MSF) said on Thursday that it will expand its efforts in Mali after a new case of Ebola hemorrhagic fever was detected in the capital city of Bamako. Six people have died the current Ebola … Read More »

Cempra receives $16 million from BARDA for drug study


Cempra, Inc., announced on Thursday that is will receive an additional $16 million from the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) for two clinical studies of its drug solithromycin on pediatric patients with bacterial infections. The antibiotic will be … Read More »

WHO declares Congo Ebola free


The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday that the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo is officially over. As of Thursday, it had been 42 days since the last Ebola virus case tested negative twice and the … Read More »

Rep. McCaul to remain chairman of Committee on Homeland Security

Michael McCaul

Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) was tapped this week to continue as chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security. McCaul thanked House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) for the appointment and said that over the past two years, the country has witnessed … Read More »