IMV gets OK for RSV vaccine human trials in Canada


Immunovaccine Inc. (IMV) said on Tuesday that it received approval from Health Canada to begin Phase I clinical trials on a DepoVax-based test vaccine against respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). In this first phase, 40 healthy, adult volunteers between the ages … Read More »

MAM unveils lightweight CBRN-proof protective suit


Morgan Advanced Materials’ (MAM) Composites and Defense Systems unit unveiled a new protective suit last week that shields the user from exposure to chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) agents and is also lightweight. The suit, ERGOTEC 4025, is specifically … Read More »

Affinity Life Sciences to continue assay work with SRC Acumen


Affinity Life Sciences, Inc. announced on Jan. 16 that it would continue to produce bio-chemical assays that detect harmful biological and chemical agents with its partner company, SRC Acumen, LLC. The assays are able to determine the existence of pathogens … Read More »

CDC offering Ebola preparedness grants


The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Preparedness (CDC) is accepting applications for 62 grants to facilitate training in preparation and response to the Ebola virus. Eligible governmental bodies include cities, towns, states, and regional and tribal governments. The purpose … Read More »

Five animals test positive for plague in Santa Fe


The New Mexico Department of Health reported five plague cases found in animals in south Santa Fe in November. The department confirmed the bacterial disease in a mouse, a dog and three cats. All the animals were associated with residences … Read More »

Isabella Danel sworn in as deputy director of PAHO/WHO

Isabella Danel

Isabella Danel was sworn in Friday as deputy director of the Pan American Health Organization, Regional Office for the Americas of the World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO). Danel, a U.S. citizen, previously served as an official of the Centers for Disease … Read More »

DNAe’s nanoMR, Inc. acquisition enhances point-of-need technology


DNA Electronic, Ltd. (DNAe) announced Monday that it has acquired nanoMR, Inc. DNAe is a medical device developer based in London that specializes in the development of testing tools used to detect infections in blood. It also patented DNA sequencing … Read More »

NACCHO outlines supportive role of local health departments


The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) recently released an outline detailing how local health system coalitions have been beneficial to the effort to combat the Ebola virus. In the outline they explained the nature of grant … Read More »

Decades after attack, Oregon county values preparedness


More than 30 years after the Rajneeshee bioterrorist attack in Oregon, involving intentional salmonella contamination of salad bars at 10 restaurants in 1984, the Hood River County Health Department continues to take a proactive stance in the field of bio-preparedness … Read More »

Volunteer mappers help CDC, others find Ebola patients


Volunteers around the world are helping medical workers map countries in West Africa to help ensure remote areas with Ebola patients don’t fall through the cracks, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said last week. Countries like Guinea, Sierra … Read More »

House Foreign Affairs subcommittee assignments announced

Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX)

U.S. Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX) will continue to serve as the chairman for the Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Trade during the 114th congressional session. Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, also named Reps. Darrell … Read More »

New West Ohio Conference disaster coordinator named

Jeffrey Walker

Jeffrey Walker recently became the disaster coordinator for the West Ohio Conference of United Methodist Church. Walker has over 14 years of experience in emergency management¬† and currently serves as the director emeritus of the Licking County Office of Homeland … Read More »

Lutheran World Relief seeking emergency manager for Latin America region


Lutheran World Relief is looking for an emergency program manager for the Latin America region. The nonprofit organization looks to fight poverty and help those in need around the world. The position’s responsibilities include promoting and supporting operational preparedness at … Read More »

Pressnell re-elected as chairwoman of Security Manufacturers Coalition


Elizabeth Pressnell, vice president of governmental relations at Smiths Detection, was recently re-elected as the chairwoman of the Security Manufacturers Coalition (SMC). Smiths Detection says Pressnell’s re-election signifies and solidifies the company’s commitment to the SMC mission of addressing the … Read More »

Study urges consideration of Lassa ‘super spreaders’


A study published in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases¬†on Thursday indicated that as many as 20 percent of Lassa fever cases are transmitted through a small group of people. The study conducted by members of the Dynamic Drivers of Disease in … Read More »