Category Archives: BioTerrorism

PHR urges response to chemical attacks in Syria

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Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) called on the international community on Thursday to take immediate action following reports of up to five chemical attacks in Syria. PHR, the Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS) and Doctors Without Borders have reported chemical … Read More »

Liberty University holds bioterror simulation

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Students and faculty of the Department of Biology and Chemistry and the Helms School of Government at Liberty University participated in a bioterror simulation in partnership with the Virginia State Police on Saturday. The simulation included having participants set up … Read More »

Menendez urges Obama to lean on Syria, allies after chemical attack

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Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), a ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, called on President Obama in a letter on Thursday to respond to reports of a chlorine gas attack earlier this month in Syria. Menendez also called on … Read More »

SAMS urges international response to recent Syrian chemical attacks

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The Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS) urged the UN Security Council to intervene on Thursday after five cases of chemical attacks were reported in the Idlib region within the past 10 days. “The international community needs to act with urgency … Read More »

OPCW chief decides to continue Syrian-attack probe

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Ahmet Üzümcü, director-general of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), said on Wednesday that the organization’s fact-finding mission will continue in the wake of an alleged chemical attack recently in Syria. On March 16, barrels of chlorine … Read More »

Britain calls for probe into alleged Syrian chemical attack

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In the wake of recent reports of a chemical attack on the Idlib province of Syria, British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond called on the international community to investigate the matter. The alleged attack occurred on March 16, when witnesses reported … Read More »

DWB details treatment of chemical attack victims in Syria

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Syrian doctors and Doctors Without Borders (DWB) have reported that seven people have died and 70 were injured in a chemical attack that took place March 16 on the town of Samrin . Witness reports claim that government helicopters dropped … Read More »

CTED calls for counter-terrorism dialogue

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The Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED) called for enhanced dialogue of humanitarian organizations, donor states and others to incorporate counter-terrorism measures that take humanitarian issues into consideration during meetings on March 10 and 11. The meeting consisted of the Inter-Agency … Read More »

Doctors urge U.N. to probe alleged chemical attack in Syria

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Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) urged the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday to investigate a reported chemical bombing attack on a Syrian village. PHR staff members who are working with the Syrian American Medical Society at a field hospital said … Read More »

Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense to hold meeting on surveillance, detection

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The Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense, chaired by former Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) and former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge, will hold a meeting on surveillance and detection on Thursday. Other members of the panel include former Secretary of Health … Read More »

UPMC researchers release study on bioterrorism-related conditions

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University of Pittsburgh Medical Center researchers within the Center for Health Security recently reviewed clinical aspects of five pathogens that have the potential to be used as biological weapons. In a report published Wednesday in the New England Journal of … Read More »

Mauritania accedes to Biological Weapons Convention

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The Institute for Security Studies (ISS) in Africa reported on Wednesday that the Islamic Republic of Mauritania joined the Biological Weapons Convention that prohibits the development, stockpile and use of biological weapons. The nation’s agreement to the convention marks a … Read More »

House committee launches anti-terror task force

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The House Committee on Homeland Security said on Wednesday that a task force has been established to address efforts by the government to prevent terror attacks. The bipartisan Task Force on Combating Terrorist and Foreign Fighter Travel is made up … Read More »

CDC CHEMPACKs available after an airborne terror attack

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Airborne terror attacks aren’t just a hypothetical scenario, and being prepared for a possible attack is key to more people surviving, the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently said. The CDC’s Strategic National Stockpile CHEMPACK program contains nerve-agent … Read More »

Kerry speaks at Countering Violent Extremism summit

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Secretary of State John Kerry spoke Thursday at the White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism, highlighting the challenges the international community faces as he introduced United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. The overarching theme of the summit was the … Read More »