Category Archives: BioTerrorism

Company offers mailroom awareness training over CBR substances

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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 »

DHS offers cities funds for counter-terror program

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The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently reached out to governments at the city, state or county level to offer funding to develop counter-terrorism efforts, specifically biological terrorism. They are accepting applications until Sept. 30, 2015. The agency seeks applicants … Read More »

Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense holds first meeting

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The Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense, led by former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge and former Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman, met Thursday in Washington, D.C.,  to review the country’s current level of defense against biological and chemical attacks. “I don’t … Read More »

Ebola hearing highlights strengths, room for improvement in nation’s response to biological threats

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Medical expert testimony before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Friday revealed much about the United State’s preparedness to respond to possible biological threats on its own soil. While the testimonies highlighted several areas where responses and procedures … Read More »

Texas man arrested for allegedly sending hundreds of white powder letters

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A Rowlett, Texas, was arrested on Monday after allegedly sending hundreds of white powder hoax letters from the North Texas area since December 2008. The FBI and inspectors with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service alleged that Hong Minh Truong engaged … Read More »

Approximately 75 CDC staff members potentially exposed to anthrax

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced on Thursday that approximately 75 members of its Atlanta-based staff have been monitored or provided antibiotics after potentially being exposed to live anthrax. While the investigation is ongoing, early reports found … Read More »

Researchers discover how Ebola enters human cells

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Researchers recently discovered how the Ebola virus smashes into the cytoplasm of human cells, which could identify a target for blocking the infection process of the potential bioterrorism agent. Lukas Tamm, a researcher from the University of Virginia School of … Read More »

Mississippi man receives 300-month sentence in ricin case

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James Dutschke, a Mississippi man who pleaded guilty in January to developing, possessing and mailing the biological agent ricin, was sentenced to 300 months in prison on Monday. U.S. District Judge Sharion Aycock also sentenced Dutschke to serve a five-year … Read More »

Researchers validate air sampling techniques to battle bioterrorism

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A researcher at Saint Louis University recently found that the air and surface sampling techniques being used by the U.S. government are effective in fighting bioterrorism and potentially saving lives. Alexander Garza, the former chief medical officer at the DHS, … Read More »

New drug could protect against bioterror threats

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A new drug now entering Phase I clinical trials could be used to strengthen the immune system against bioterrorism threats and deadly epidemics. The Texas A&M Health Science Center (TAMHSC) and University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center developed PUL-042, … Read More »

French President Hollande: France has “information” on Syrian chemical weapons use

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French President Francois Hollande announced on Sunday that France has “information” but lacks firm proof that chemical weapons are still in use by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime. “We have a few elements of information but I do not have … Read More »

Man accused of sending ricin-laced card charged with attempted murder

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A Hatboro, Pa., man was arrested on Wednesday after he allegedly sent a ricin-laced birthday card to his ex-girlfriend’s new boyfriend. Nicholas Todd Helman, 19, was arrested for the second time this month in connection with the ricin-laced card, according … Read More »

Healthcare workers receive bioterrorism response training through simulations

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Doctors and nurses are receiving hands-on training by diagnosing simulated patients and developing a treatment plan in order to prepare for public health emergencies such as bioterrorism. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has listed 45 pathogens that could … Read More »

House holds oversight hearing on the Public Health Emergency Medical Countermeasure Enterprise

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The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies heard testimony from scientific advisors on Thursday during an oversight hearing on Thursday on the Public Health Emergency Medical Countermeasure Enterprise (PHEMCE). Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) … Read More »

Experts say synthetic biology makes bioterrorism more accessible

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Biodefense and counter-terrorism experts Patrick Rose and Adam Bernier said on Monday that advancements in synthetic biology could give more options to organizations that want to develop and pursue biological weapons. The pair published a two-part series on CBRNePortal explaining … Read More »